“But at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near.” Andrew Marvell, a 17th century English poet. (https://mailchi.mp/writerswrite/daily-writing-links-31-march-2021?e=d513f9e6a1)
I breakfasted with a friend today. Like me he is over 75. I asked if he read the obits. He said, “Yes.”
He reminded me of the late Carl Reiner’a remark about obituaries. “Every morning, I would actually look at the obituaries before I had breakfast. And as a joke I said if I was not in it, I would have breakfast.” (https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/carl_reiner_999030#)
So my friend and I finnished breakfast but not as eagerly as when we were 25. Though, at 25, with the horrors of Nam breathing down our necks via the Draft, Time’s winged chariot did seem awfully close.
But that fear can be cast out. About 2.4 billion of the approximately 7.5 billion people on earth are Christians. We believe that Christ conquered death dying for our sins.
No less a theologian than the world renown, Oxford scholar NT Wright has written The Resurrection of the Son of God arguing for the evidence that strongly supports the truth of the Resurrection. The world has far more documentation of the key events of Jesus’ life than anything else in the First Century.
As about 1/3 of the world celebrates that He is risen on Sunday, consider if you will the power of this good news. I am reminded of the composer Wallis Willis’ words, “Swing low sweet chariot, Coming for to carry me home.”