Friday, June 17, 2011

Verse 8

"and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born."

The next few verses can be drawn from and recount one of the most unlikely stories in all of history. The narrative can be found in Acts 9 and you should go read it. It is a story on par with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad making a drastic change and becoming the U.S. Secretary of State or a former Imperial Wizard of the KKK being elected President of the NAACP. It's a crazy story.

But more on the specifics later. Today, I want to touch on verse eight in particular. Here Paul is wrapping up his list of people that were witnesses to Christ's resurrection and he ends it off quite powerfully, by adding his own personal testimony.

Not only was Christ's resurrection witnessed by Peter and James and the rest of the apostles and 500 others, but Paul himself also claims to be a direct witness.

The witness of personal experience is powerful. While we can argue philosophies and ideas all day long, stories are inarguable.

They can be disbelieved. They can be deemed unlikely. But they can't be disproved in the same way a 4 sided triangle, a victorious Cubs' roster, the concept of ineffability, and other logical impossibilities can be disproved.

So, here in this personal letter, to specific people, Paul is offering a reminder of his own testimony, a reminder of his story.

A story with bold claims like, "I was like that, now I'm like this" and "Even though I am like one abnormally born, he still came for me."

More on Paul's story on Monday. What's your story?