A Miraculous Key, And Apparitions
There is a certain group of Calvinist bloggers, characterized by their love of personal insults and constant appeal to logic over Biblical theology, who have been hard at work defending one of their own’s silly suggestion that Jesus performed a miracle, created a key, then opened the locked door, and that’s how he appeared in the midst of them on that first Easter evening. Well, I admit, I thought that was pretty funny, but then…well, let’s just say I now have to admit I’m wrong. Boar’s Head Tavern has provided actual proof!
But then, I got to to thinking. If Jesus did a miracle to make a key, couldn’t he just have done a miracle and parted the door, Moses-style, or called down fire from heaven, Elijah style? Why create a key? Why not just evaporate the door? I’m still wondering where the Calvinists thought Jesus was hanging out after the Resurrection. They tell me that what seemed to be his real human body and human nature, actually wasn’t. So that whole "Thomas, stick your finger here" incident — must have been some sort of trick, but Thomas sure believed it. He fell down in front of this very real human being, who was also the Son of God, and said, "My Lord, and my God." Woops, silly Thomas. Didn’t Thomas know he was merely beholding an apparition?
What? An "apparition" … yes, you read that right. That’s now how this certain Calvinist blogging group is trying to explain the post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus. Now I just read one of them saying that the post-Resurrection appearances are the antitype to the OT Christophanies, of course not recognizing that with that argument he rather dramatically proves my point! The post-Resurrection appearances are the real deal, the real thing. God, in the flesh, appearing and being among us, in the flesh. Not magically, mystically or … ghostly. But this whole "apparition" explanation does have a certain charm, doesn’t it? It’s a sort of "Jesus as Caspae the Friendly Ghost" theory. By the way, here are a whole bunch of other apparitions for them to consider.
All this sort of argumentation from these folks is because they can’t get their brains around the Scriptural reality that there is a real communication of attributes between the divine and human natures in the Person of Christ. I prescribe a big heaping dose of "The Catalog of Testimonies" through which they will see that this reality has been part of the church’s confession of Christ from the very earliest years. You may find this at www.bookofconcord.org
Oh, just one more thing, I’ve learned that in fact Casper may not have been a ghost. Apparently, as the photo on the right illustrates, his grave has been discovered outside of London, England.