Resurrection power

Many of us look down on Jesus’ disciple Thomas because he wanted proof that Jesus came back to life after he died on the cross.

But aren’t many of us the same?  Don’t we want proof of God’s supernatural power?

Even Jesus’ own brother, James, didn’t understand that Jesus was the son of God until after he rose from the dead.  In fact, it was probably harder for him to believe because he only knew him as his older brother.

Our pastor spoke about James and his skepticism in a sermon on Easter Sunday today.

He pointed out that James and his younger brothers virtually scoffed at Jesus and told him that he should go out and prove himself through miraculous deeds.  In fact, this passage in John 7 says his brothers did not believe in him.

Later, in Mark 3:21, we read that his family tried to grab him when he was surrounded by people, saying: “He is out of his mind.”

And it is interesting that Jesus, dying on the cross, asked his friend and disciple John to take charge of his mother – not his brothers.

All this evidently changed with Jesus’ resurrection.  In 1 Corinthians 15:7, we read that Jesus appeared to James after his resurrection.

And, finally, James becomes a leader in the young Christian church, writing a very influential letter that has had an impact on people for 2000 years.

When I think of James and Thomas, I examine myself.  I, too, want dramatic proofs that cannot be explained except by divine intervention.

But is that what faith is all about?

Jesus’ words to Thomas, when the disciple put his hand into Jesus’ wound, tell me a great deal.  In John 20:29, Jesus says to Thomas:

“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Sometimes supernatural acts lead to faith.  But, more often, faith comes before God acts.

In the end, I am called to trust God that he will do what he says he will do – at the time of his choosing.

Above all, I must remember that Christ is in me and is working things out for my good.

The fact that Jesus is within me also means that I can learn about his “resurrection power” as Paul says in Philippians 3:10.

Paul wanted to know Christ better and better in every way – even in his sufferings.

May faith will grow as I grow closer to Jesus in my spirit – with or without supernatural proof.


2 comments so far

  1. madeline on

    Thank you Bob for your very inspirational words. Bless you

  2. Robert Douglas on

    Thank you for the encouraging words, Madeline.

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