Have you ever doubted the signs appearing before you? For instance, maybe your body had signs of illness and you pushed through just to get sicker down the road? Or maybe you saw a sign on the road that said to turn right in half a mile, but your memory told you otherwise?
As humans, we tend to doubt and not believe. We hear crazy stories and we refuse to think they are real. We see a sign and ask for more signs in order to accept the truth they are pointing to.
Shortly after the resurrection of Christ, Jesus appeared to his disciples. However, Thomas, one of the disciples, was not present and simply heard this news from the others. Because he didn’t see Jesus himself, he asked to touch the holes in his hands and the scars on his body in order to believe the signs of the resurrection.
A week later, Jesus again appeared to his disciples and told Thomas to touch the holes in his hands and his side. It was only then that Thomas could believe it was Jesus himself. In response, Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (John 20:29).
Amid a dark and chaotic world, I think it is easy to find ourselves as a doubting disciple such as Thomas. We hear that God is making all things new, but we can’t quite see it yet. We won’t believe it until we experience it fully ourselves. Jesus shows us that it is, in fact, possible to believe in him and his resurrection without seeing it.
God is constantly showing up in unexpected places in our world and bringing new life into the wounds we bear. The question is, are we listening when other disciples have told us what they have experienced from God? Do we believe people when they say that God has renewed them and given them strength? Or do we simply put God to the test and ask for more signs to prove God’s work?
This week, I pray that each of us might find time to hear the stories of others who have experienced; or are currently experiencing resurrection moments. May we believe others when they give their testimony about how God has worked in their life, and might those experiences bring us closer to the feet of Christ knowing that God is still at work in our midst. Although we may not see it ourselves right now, might we believe God is making all things new through the deep love of Christ we have just heard on Easter!
We look forward to claiming this truth and worshiping with you on Sunday!
Peace and blessings to you this week!