God and Reality

Those who first believed were not persuaded by a doctrine. The doctrine had not been documented.

Those who first believed were persuaded by an event. Jesus rose and hundreds saw it.

Many who heard this news (most who heard it?) still were not convinced. Yes, God is great, they said, but in the end, certain things don’t change. People stay dead.

In other words, reality is bigger than God.

The persuaded—the believers—were the ones who couldn’t escape the nagging conviction that went: You know what? God is bigger than reality.

And by overriding death, God had just demonstrated that very point.

Death is reality’s most basic thing, but God is more basic still.

God is bigger than reality.

Carry that point one step further, and you have the letter of James. In essence, James says, If God is bigger than reality, then this should affect how you engage with reality. How you live your life should change.

James doesn’t mention the resurrection. He doesn’t have to—it was the most immediate thing on believers’ minds. It was why and what they believed. Instead, James starts from there. He picks up the question, Now what?

At its heart, the letter of James could be summarized this way:

The resurrection has implications.

[31 Days of James]