Today is April Fools Day. Perhaps that is why the following question keeps coming to mind: Where did Jesus get his Easter clothes?
Only a foolish person would focus on such a trivial detail in light of the miraculous, glorious, supernatural event of the resurrection. Right? But I have to admit that such trivia does come to my mind from time to time. He had been wrapped in a burial cloth, but he was wearing a robe when he appeared to Mary. So . . . ?
Also, where was Jesus on Monday? He made several appearances on Sunday, but what did he do the rest of the week? I can’t help wondering where he went and what he did until he once again appeared to the disciples the following Sunday. Again . . . ?
I guess there is much I just can’t know. John addresses such foolishness when he says in verses 30-31 of Chapter 20, “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Jesus himself had just said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
And then, just so that fools like me would finally “get it,” John reiterates in verse 25 of Chapter 21, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
Wow! Okay, there are numerous things that we can’t ever know. But what we do know is more than enough! (Mark Twain once said that it was not the things that he didn’t understand about the Bible that worried him; it was the things that he did understand that bothered him the most.)
Luke, who identifies his sources as “eyewitnesses” (1:2), records Jesus’ words to those with whom he walked to Emmaus, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” (Luke 24:25).
Okay, on this April Fools Day, I will not spend time foolishly belaboring what I don’t know or what I can’t understand. Instead, I will choose to focus on what I do know in my heart to be true.
Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again!
Thanks be to God!
(Just one more thought: I wonder whether Jesus ever wonders where we are Monday through Saturday. Just sayin’)