Killing the Author. Of Life
There are many mysteries in this world. Some are unexplainable, fascinating supernatural or natural phenomenon, and some are written in the form of stories, using words in books. The former does not have a conclusion and cannot be wrapped up in a neat little package of rhetoric, philosophy, wisdom, or politic. The latter are given over in grand style, building anticipation, angst, bringing up questions and leading down dark and twisting paths. But usually, in the end, light is shed and the mystery is solved.
Both cases have an author involved, albeit, of a different sort and not receiving the same type of recognition. An author is a word from c.1300, the Old French auctor – „father“, from the Latin auctorem which means ‚enlarger, founder, master, leader‘ or literally „one who causes to grow“.
As a writer, I am intrigued by the mechanism of a good mystery. It is a vehicle for drawing the reader in. The words are chosen and the scene is set. The characters are drawn and the race is on to discover what, where, when, how and why. If the story is too obvious, it loses its audience and appeal. Too obtuse and unobtainable, the same results occur. The author must leave a trail of clues to help the reader understand what is known about the mystery. After all, who likes not knowing?
But there! It is something we deal with every day, isn‘t it? Not knowing what will come next, how the year will turn out, where our next paycheck will come from, our hour of death, life itself… You see, we like a good mystery, at least I do, wrapped up neatly and packaged nicely with all its intrigue, questions and answers. If the author is good, they‘ll succeed in publishing more and perhaps make a living from their writing. However, I did mention another ‚author‘ earlier on. The one responsible for the things that make us less comfortable, the one who knows what we do not. The very one who started it all. With one Word.
The other kind of author
This author is not the print on paper sort, not the literary novelist, poet or essayist. He is the creator, the originator, in New Testament Greek ἀρχηγός archēgós, the beginning, the founder, leader, prince, first, chief, as distinguished from being the cause of something. This Word is The Word made flesh and his name is Jesus. He is the archḗ, like archēgós, which denotes the founder as the first cause, ruler, dispenser, etc… And in Acts 3:15 NIV, he is called the author of life.
“You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.”
Acts 3:14-15 NIV
Now at this point, I imagine some of you have signed off, quit reading because you disagree with the ‚God‘ or ‚religious’ thing. Perhaps I have made you angry by creating a clickable title, one of intrigue, one of mystery.
Whether you reach this point or not, the question is this, does your anger or disregard for what is written prove a point? And please ask yourself, what it is precisely that you object to? Is there a mystery in your life? Was the author killed?
Of death, mystery and life
My intent in writing is to bring light to a verse in the Bible that caught my eye. The words ‚You killed the author of life‘ struck a chord within. When we ignore God, disregard him, despise and reject him, we let go of any chance we have to share in the wonder of the mystery. Quite frankly, we continue in our own story, blinded by our own misunderstanding, or perhaps lamed by our fears, or frailty. This author not only wrote the story, he started it and gave it life. That is a resource not found in any library, or on any search engine on the world-wide-web. He knows what we do not.
Perhaps that is why he was killed. Jealousy, pride, greed, hate, fear or anger. But he authored life. And he still is life. Consider it then; it is something to think about.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”
John 1:1-4 NIV
3 Jan 2018 Sandra Lynn Kern
Word study and origin author: From Dictionary.com
New Testament Greek word study from Complete Word Study Bible Old and New Testament.
Bible verses from the New International Version Bible.