Posted by: Anne | April 13, 2019

growing into a deeper faith

Holy Week is a great time for a check-up: so, how’s *your* faith?

If you struggle with weak faith, or even doubts, take heart.

The disciples did not yet understand that Jesus must rise from the dead (John 20:9), in spite of Jesus’ repeatedly telling them this before His death. They just didn’t get it at first… this is actually an evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, because they had to be convinced against their fears and doubts. But the Lord graciously worked with them to build their faith.

John is the only Gospel to mention Thomas’ doubts before he saw the risen Lord. John uses that incident as the climax of his Gospel. When Jesus invited Thomas to touch the scars on Jesus’ hands and side, Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28), “My Lord and my God!” Rather than rebuking Thomas for calling Him “Lord and God,” Jesus affirmed his testimony by replying (John 20:29), “Because you have seen Me, have you believed. Blessed are they who did not see and yet believed.” Then John gives us his purpose for writing: he wants each of us to join Thomas in believing in Jesus as “my Lord and my God.”

The point is, Jesus wants you to move from no faith or weak faith to strong faith. But, note how He did this with Thomas: He appeared to the disciples when He knew that Thomas was absent. For a week, Thomas had to struggle with missing that crucial appearance. Think of how you would have felt! “Everyone else saw the risen Lord, but I missed it!” He probably thought that it was grossly unfair that Jesus appeared to them when he wasn’t there. But when Jesus did meet with the disciples again with Thomas present and showed His omniscience by repeating back to Thomas the doubts that he had expressed earlier, Thomas gave a much deeper confession than he would have a week earlier. The lesson is that the risen Lord doesn’t reject us or cast us off when we’re lacking or weak in faith. Rather, He takes each of us through different trials and difficulties tailored to our doubts to help us grow in faith.

Read more at the source:
https://bible.org/seriespage/easter-2014-good-news-everyone-john-20-and-21

See also:
https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-exactly-is-the-good-news-of-easter-sunday.html


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