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Doubting Thomas, the disciple who would not believe the bodily resurrection of Jesus unless he saw him and touched the nail holes in his hand. There was another disciple who had to see in order to believe, John. (Actually, all believed upon seeing the risen Lord). When John and Peter came to the tomb they were struck with confusion as to what to make of the empty grave cloths and the head cloth folded and set aside. If the grave cloths had been unwrapped from the body one could conclude someone stole the body and there was no resurrection.
Peter and John look at the same evidence and walk away from it with different reactions. John 20:8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. John believes what Mary told him; Jesus has been raised from the dead. For John seeing is believing. Peter on the other hand remained confused. Luke 24:12 Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. He wondered and wondered and got no farther. He could not figure out what happened or what it all meant; and Peter is supposed to be the first Pope?
John writes his confession that he had to see and then believe, he couldn’t simply say, “he believed.” It is true that John was no better than doubting Thomas who refused to believe unless he sees. To that Jesus says, “because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29. Yes, John believed in the bodily resurrection, but his faith was not great. He had to see evidence even though Jesus told them he would rise. John’s faith could not rise above his doubts; he was only one step away from unbelief. All the disciples believed only because the evidence was overwhelming and they could do no other. This shows us today that the proof for the resurrection is convincing beyond and doubt.
Are you waiting for some kind of visual proof before you truly believe? One day you will see absolute proof when it is too late and mourn with eternal grief. Revelation 1:7 Look he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
By the Way:
Today, 3:00 Confirmation.
Sunday 5, 9:00 Morning worship and Holy Communion. Sermon: True Repentance
10:00 AM Women of Life meeting.
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