My Lord John 20:19-29

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

John 20:29

  There is perceived safety in staying with what we already know to be true; ‘if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.’ If we stay the course, in other words, never journeying beyond the confines of our world then we will see and interpret the world as we have always seen and understood it. Yet God offers a new vision with an opportunity to see all of creation in a whole new way. The resurrection of Jesus Christ offers an entirely new adventure for everybody; an adventure of hope, joy, and grace. In Jesus’ first resurrection appearance, one of the disciples named Thomas refused to believe until God proved to him that faith in Jesus was real. As with many of us, Thomas wanted to stay within the comfort zone of his vision of the world, resisting the call to see life in new and exciting ways. God wants us to grow in our faith, not become stagnant and resistant to the “Word that has become flesh and dwells among us.” Through our Risen Savior, God is “doing a new thing,” and that new thing may just change how we react to those around us and to God’s dynamic working in our lives. We maintain lawns, cars, grade-point averages, but we are called to do more than maintain faith, we are called to nurture our faith, to build up our faith for the glory of God, and sometimes that requires allowing God to empower us to believe even, and especially, when we cannot see for ourselves. The “proof” of our faith lies beyond our understanding; faith is “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) You have been given a gift to see beyond your own vision and to experience life filled with hope and the peace that defies all understanding. Celebrate the gift that has been given to you; it may look different and may surprise you how your life will change, but that is ok. God has blessed you and will continue to bless your life for one reason and one reason alone; you are so loved by God that God promises to be with you, “even to the end of the age.” Thank you Jesus!

 Pastor Tom