Acts 1:21-22 – ‘Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.’
There is nothing vague about Christian faith. The cross and the resurrection might be foolishness to some, but they are not sketchy. The cross is a wooden beam used by the Romans to execute people; and the resurrection, certainly in Jewish thought, is the raising to life of an actual physical body. The idea that resurrection means something less substantial than that, something like a vague Easter feeling, just doesn’t hold. Hence, the importance of eye-witnesses. The twelve apostles upon whom the transmission of Christian faith will depend have to be eye-witnesses not only of Jesus’ resurrection but the whole of his ministry, otherwise the whole thing becomes vulnerable to the charge of being phoney. And who wants to build their life on something that is phoney?
Prayer: Thank you, Risen and Exalted Lord, for the eyes of faith. But thank you also for those who actually saw you before you ascended into heaven. Breath-taking!