March 1, 2016

Empty tomb with three crosses on a hill side.

I saw a movie last week, Risen.  Have you seen it yet?  It is an interesting narrative on the death, burial and resurrection of Christ from a Roman military tribune, Clavius’ point of view. Set in 33 AD, Clavius is tasked to find the missing body of an executed Jew rumored to have risen form the dead. (IMDb) This entire story is told from one man’s point of view.

I always find it interesting when a fictional character is introduced into a real life story.


I love the imagination of it all.   As I watched along, one quote stood out.  Stood out so much so that I pulled paper and pen from my purse and made note of it.  Of course I had to continually repeat it in a whisper in order to remember.  Hopefully only my friend could hear my mumblings.

As the disciples are running from the roman military, one stated, ‘I am not afraid to die’.  To which Clavius replied, “Then fear the death of what you’ve been entrusted with.”

What a statement (keep in mind this is a Sony produced film).

Fear the death of what you’ve been entrusted with.  Do I fear this?  Am I concerned about what has been entrusted to me?

Do I live the instruction found in 2Timothy 1:14a? Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you.

What was Paul talking about when he said this to Timothy?  To what was Clavius refereeing when he said fear the death of what you’ve been entrusted with?

One thing and one thing only.  The good news, the gospel, the saving message that Christ died once for all.  The righteous for the unrighteous. (1 Peter 3:8).

The truth, the good news that no man will come to the father by any means, deeds, power, nor authority, but only through Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  (John 14:6).

What has been entrusted will die if we do not share it.  This Truth would have died centuries ago had the disciples remained silent.  Had they chosen to not share this good news with others, I wouldn’t know Jesus today.

So I started thinking, really taking inventory of my life and I asked myself, how often do I share this good news? How often do I feel the urgency to share the truth about Jesus?  Do I fear the death of what I have been entrusted with? Do I guard it?

I share ideas, recipes, sometimes even my lunch. Those things are easy to share.  But it is harder to share this most amazing news.  News that brings hope, freedom and comfort.  Why is that? One reason, I don’t listen for opportunities to share. You know, those as you go moments that lend themselves to a shareable moment.

So beginning today, I will tune my ears to listen as I am sharing life.  After all,  Truth travels the road of relationship. It always has and it always will, just ask Clavius.