[BUMPED TO TOP (again). Originally published June 30th, 2012]
Going deep on 1st John 5 this morning (what an amazing text!), I realized that I’m especially looking forward to meeting the Apostle John someday. (Meeting Jesus goes without saying.) I’d want to ask him what it was like to be the “last man standing” as it were, after all of the other Apostles were gone. E.g., how did he avoid loneliness? Not just on Patmos, but even before that. What about the temptation to pride? (Surely many were seeking him out and giving him special treatment.)
- Which Biblical author or character* are you most looking forward to meeting?
- What question would you most like to ask that individual?
(Let’s assume that we’re all looking forward to meeting God, in any of His three persons. I’m trying to get at persons outside the Trinity.)
*The term ‘character’ might be misconstrued to imply that the scriptures are fictional, and that at least some of the individuals chronicled in them are allegorical. That is not my intention. While the stories which are told explicitly as parables should be taken that way, others, which are often taken such parables, such as Lazarus and the rich man, are framed so as to invite us (I believe) into their reality — in that case, a spiritual one beyond this realm. I digress, but you get the idea.