Bewilderment. It happens to all of us, sooner or later, more often than not. But the ultimate “bewilderment” comes to people who are being honest with themselves, when facts seem to be pitted against facts.
Bewilderment can be a good starting point.
The thought came to me in a movie theater tonight:
My goodness! When did theater seats get so comfortable??? Just a $5 movie ticket, and I nearly sank into these soft seats, enfolded in soft leather-like cushions that held me in a gently reclining position. More for sleeping than movie watching.
Seems like I’ve been recommending a lot of movies lately. The Revenant – chock full of Catholic-Christian values. The Thirteenth Warrior – chock full of manly virtues of courage, honor, intelligence, bravery, strength, defense of one’s tribe, protection of family, refinement . . . .
And now: Risen. An excellent portrayal of honest bewilderment. Or the necessary bewilderment of an honest man.
The movie begins right directly after the death of Jesus. That very day.
Fact: The Centurian Clavius saw the Man dead on the cross. Then, dead and buried.
Fact: After this, Clavius saw the Man Jesus alive again.
It was interesting to see the power of the Romans among these native people of provincial Palestine. That, too, was historically accurate and well-portrayed. One gets out of the way of a Roman! They had the power of life and death over people, and they carried out the death of Jesus.
And this Roman Clavius was tasked with the job of finding the dead body of Jesus after it became undeniably missing.
Then, Clavius, with power and intelligence and authority and common sense, saw Jesus alive with his own eyes, after His death. And he was justifiably bewildered with an honest, necessary bewilderment.
As the movie progressed, I saw Clavius cast off his power, his authority, his knowledge of the way things ought to be, his manly pride, and the strength of his own will.
As that happened, his bewilderment became irrelevant.
He became even stronger and more sure. . . .
It’s the way it has to be for all of us. Jesus didn’t come for the intelligent classes, the well-educated, the powerful, those with authority, those satisfied with themselves, those sure they’re right, the winners.
He just came for . . . us.
Again, fact – He really walked among us – then was crucified.
Fact: – He really lives again –
No one needs to remain in a state of bewilderment.