The biggest conspiracy of the ages is one that divides the human race into believers and nonbelievers. The resurrection of Jesus Christ has been explained away by doubters across the ages. The narrative in the Gospels has been confirmed through historical records and writers of the time. However, the conspiracy theory also immediately emerged as a coverup to reality.
The soldiers were told to tell everyone that the disciples stole the body of Jesus. They were to forget the earthquake that moved the giant stone from the tomb. They were to never tell anyone about the angelic visitation as they lay on the ground as if dead. (Matthew 28)
But we remember the over 500 people who saw the resurrected Jesus: the woman who got to see Jesus first at the garden tomb, the two disciples traveling to Emmaus, the disciples in the Upper Room, and the fish fry Jesus held by the sea. The unsophisticated culture at that time could only speak the truth before them. They were first-hand witnesses to God’s most glorious Champion, defeating sin, death and hell.
As women who accept the reality of the resurrection, we are living witnesses to this generation. We are part of this “conspiracy” that many still do not believe. We each have a testimony of what was written in Scripture, but also have our own Emmaus story, where we had a personal visitation of Jesus’ presence. Perhaps we were like Thomas who doubted the resurrection and God’s Spirit intervened and proved without doubt Jesus is alive. We may have mistaken who Jesus was like the woman at the garden tomb who thought He was a gardener. We could have relegated Him to merely a good guy or an apt teacher. And then we experienced the power of our own resurrection where Jesus took us from death to life.
The triune God conspired to send Jesus to save the world…including you! To the unbeliever, it may seem stupid to do such a risky act. Believing that Jesus came as a child, grew under human influence, died a painful and humiliating death, and vanquished the power of hell are big facts to swallow!
But isn’t it amazing that Jesus raised a group of misfits into disciples who would change the world? He entrusted them to carry the reality of the narrative to all people. He also expected them to bring hope to the hopeless, health to the sick, and love to the unlovely. This is where the narrative meets the reality of our lives.
The world has not ended yet. We are to be part of that great group of witnesses who will continue the narrative and bring the Gospel and God’s love to bear through our lives. This is not a hobby; it is a lifestyle. This is not optional; it is imperative. As we go through each day with its busyness and complications, we must have an eye toward being part of God’s conspiracy, His mighty plan.
I don’t know about the situation where you are, but I see my life as one big witnessing event. Whether at the shoe store or the PTA, the neighborhood or workplace, you and I have opportunities to make the reality of Jesus’ grace and salvation known.
We don’t have to get a megaphone and blast it from the rooftops. There are ways to show our faith that can entice a non-believer into asking us questions. We can perform unexpected acts of kindness and love. We can take an extra moment to listen to someone who needs us to care.
As the disciples of the first century moved to make a difference through helping people physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually; so should we. What if we wrote at the beginning of each week on our day planner…”find opportunities to change someone’s reality?” The point is to find a way to bring your call to witness to the forefront of your life. It doesn’t need to be another event in your schedule, just a way in which you operate each day..
Woman of God; you already are part of God’s conspiracy to save the world. So go for it!