Believing what others see (John 20)

 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

In the community where I grew up a tragedy happened.  My day told me the story of how a man entered the house of a mother and father, killing them as well as their adult son.  I was saddened by the news.  However, the next day my dad added more to the story as he had talked with someone who had been there just after the tragedy.

It seems that Dad’s details were more authentic having talked with an eye-witness.

In John 20 we have no less that 3 stories of people who were eye witnesses of  Jesus being alive after death:

  • Mary Magdalene saw the Lord, Vs: 11-18, she went out and began to announce, “I have seen the Lord.”
  • 10 disciples, minus Thomas, saw the Lord, Vs: 19-24.  They told Thomas, “We have seen the Lord.”
  • Thomas saw the Lord, Vs: 25-28,  Thomas said, “My Lord and my God.”

Question: Does a person have to see to believe and is something true if no one sees it?

As we near Christmas, many easily believe that Jesus was born (but most do not accept that He was born of a virgin).  At the same time many more people have a hard time accepting that Jesus rose from the dead.

Brothers and sisters, without both events being true, you and I are still lost!!!

There is much I have never seen but I believe.  Allow me to offer you a short list:

  • I believe God created the world, even though I was not there, Genesis 1:1.
  • I believe God created man, even though I was not there, Genesis 2:14-18.
  • I believe man rebelled against God, even though I was not there, Genesis 3; Romans 5:12.
  • I believe Jesus came, even though I was not there, Lk. 2: 1-15.
  • I believe Jesus is God, even thought I was not there, Mark 9:1-8.
  • I believe Jesus died, was buried, and rose again, even though I was not there, I Corinthians 15:3-4.
  • I believe Jesus ascended back into heaven, even though I was not there, Acts 1:11.
  •  I believe Jesus is coming again, and I will be there, I Thessalonians 4:13-18.

One might say, “This is blind faith.”  I would say, “This is  faith that leads to eternal life with Jesus.”

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Because I believe, I go and tell what I believe.

Here are the lyrics to a beloved hymn:

Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
Our Jesus Christ is born
When I was a seeker
I sought both night and day
I asked the Lord to help me
And he showed me the way
Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
Our Jesus Christ is born
He made me a watchman
Upon a city wall
And if I am a Christian
I am the least of all
Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
Our Jesus Christ is born

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