Bible Reading: Luke 24:36-53
Is there anything in our earthly world that can help us be more Heavenly minded? Is there anything that can serve as a constant reminder that we should live in a manner that is in keeping with God’s eternal purposes? I think I have found just the thing. It is something that we have to do constantly.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
It isn’t uncommon for us to have to prove who we are. For instance, when you log on to a website you may have to provide a PIN, or password. When you travel out of the country you are required to have a Passport. Sometimes, when you make a purchase at a store they will ask for a Driver’s License.
But there is a problem. All of those can be faked. Someone can figure out your password, or make a counterfeit copy your Passport, or forge your Driver’s License. So, what are some other ways that you can use to you prove that you are who you say you are?
Well, I read an article the other day about a new process called “Biometrics”. Biometrics uses your body to identify you. It said that Biometrics replaces things that you know…with things that you are. In other words, there are certain things that are true about your physical body…that are not true about anyone else’s body. The article listed two that you’re probably already familiar with and seven that are newer. The first two are fingerprints and facial recognition. Fingerprints have been used for a long time to identify people. Facial recognition is relatively new and has become popular with some of the latest smart phones. Here are the newer seven types of Biometrics…
- Ears: No two people’s ears are shaped exactly the same. In fact, even your own ears are not shaped the same. A company has come up with an App can identify you by the way that your ear presses up against the phone.
- Heart: Your heart produces a very specific, identifiable electronic signal that is unique to you. No one else’s heart has the exact same signal.
- Gluteus Maximus (that means your butt muscle): Your keister, posterior…is unique to you. No one sits exactly the way that you do. A car manufacturer is designing a seat that will recognize by the shape of the person’s backside…if that person has permission to drive that car.
- Eye: The ability to identify someone by the shape of their iris, or retina, has been around for a while. But now, there is a technique that identifies specific eye movements. No two people move their eyes in the exact same manner.
- Nose: There are 6 common nose types (What? Who would have thought?). Your nose is distinct and unlikely to be confused with anyone else’s.
- Veins: The pattern of the veins in your fingers and palms are unique to you and would be very difficult for someone to fake.
- Smell: You knew this was coming, didn’t you? Every one of us has a distinct scent that is unique to us and no one else. Our body odor is determined by our own physical makeup, what we eat, where we live, what we do, etc. A company has now built an artificial nose that can identify you by your smell.
The people who study these things say that the safest way to use Biometrics is to not depend on any one method…but to use several of them together, a mix of methods.
None of these methods were around in the days of Jesus. After He was crucified…He rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples. But, they were not sure it was Him. Maybe what they were seeing was a “spirit”…some kind of a visual aberration, a non-human. Today, someone might say that it was a “ghost”…something that didn’t have a physical body, but was more like a vapor, or a mist. After all, it wasn’t the kind of thing that happened just every day. Jesus understood, so He gave them some proof that it was really Him and that His body had been physically raised from the dead (not just a spirit). First, He told them to look at His hands and feet. There, they would see the holes where the nails that held Him to the cross had been driven through by the Roman soldiers. He even told Thomas to put his finger in the place in His side where the Roman soldier had stabbed Him with a spear (John 20:27). Okay, so this really was Jesus and this really was His body. Then, He told them that a spirit wouldn’t have flesh and bones. So, he asked them for something to eat. They gave Him some fish and He ate it up. (Evidently, spirits don’t eat food like we do. I guess that if you’re a spirit and don’t have a physical body…then, physical food would just fall right through you! Don’t know for sure…just thinking.). At any rate, that was enough to convince them that this was Jesus…the real Jesus…the original Jesus…the Jesus that had been crucified…the actual body of Jesus (and not just a spirit)…and, the Jesus that had been raised from the dead.
Now, why is that so important? For a couple of reasons. First, Jesus had said that His resurrection would be the climatic, ultimate, final proof that He was Who He said He was. And now, He wanted to make it undeniably, unquestionably, irrefutably clear that He had in fact done just that…He had been bodily raised from the dead. Everything was dependent on that fact. And His standing there…in an actual physical body…was the proof. He was Who He said He was…God in the flesh. Second, His resurrection from the dead was the basis of His promise that those who believe in Him would also be raised from the dead. You see, if Jesus had not been raised from the dead…then His promise to raise others from the dead…would not be very reliable. I mean, if He wasn’t raised from the dead, Himself, what are the odds that He could raise others from the dead? But…here He was. He had been raised from the dead. And because of that…it was all the proof that was needed…that if we believe in Jesus as our Savior…we too will be raised from the dead.
So, what does that mean for us on a regular old, day-to-day basis? The next time that you have to give a PIN, or a password, or some other form of identification…stop and remember what Jesus did. He rose from the dead. In fact, let personal identification become a constant reminder of that fact. That way, no matter where you are, or what you are doing…it will keep Jesus (and His promise of eternal life) on your mind.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,