Why does Jesus have a boo-boo?

While I was reading a bit of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s mammoth history, Christianity, my five-year-old son Moses walked up, pointed to the image of Christ on the cover, and said, “Why does he have a boo-boo?”

From the cover of Diarmaid MacCulloch's 'Christianity.'

From the cover of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s ‘Christianity.’

“Well,” I said, “remember how Jesus died on a cross? They nailed his hands to the beam. And then they stabbed him here” — pointing to the gash by his ribs — “in the side.”

“Is that him dead?”

“No,” I said, “that’s Jesus resurrected.”

“Did he get rescued?”

“Yes, and then he rescued us.”

About Joel J. Miller

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