Believe!

Read: John 20:24-31

Easter is always a great celebration! We gather as a church
to celebrate the truth that Christ rose from the dead and
defeated death by granting eternal life in heaven for those
who believe. Belief is a key part of that. It is also the part that Jesus’ disciple Thomas struggled with in our scripture text this week.

Thomas had to see the nail marks before he would believe.
Jesus showed up, showed him, and then said, “Blessed are those
who have not seen and yet have believed.” In an article last
week Pastor John Piper shared eight reasons that he believes
Jesus rose from the dead.

1. Jesus testified to his coming resurrection from the dead.
2. The tomb was empty on Easter.
3. The disciples were transformed from fear to boldness.
4. Paul said that over 500 people saw Jesus after the
resurrection.
5. The early Christian church thrived and overcame many things
which supported the Resurrection claim.
6. The Apostle Paul’s conversion is a testimony to
Resurrection power.
7. The New Testament witnesses are very credible.
8. There is a self authenticating glory in the Gospel of
Christ’s death and resurrection as narrated by the Biblical
witnesses.

Of course there could be even more than this. But the point is there is great evidence of this truth both then and now. Each and every day we awake to the opportunity of living our day in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. We need to believe that and testify that we believe that!

Henry Morris once said, “The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth.”

The apostle Paul agrees with Mr. Morris. In 1 Corinthians 15:14 he says, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” As Jesus said to Thomas, today we must rely on faith and our belief in God’s Word to be our guide. We have not physically seen the nail marks but we have definitely seen Christ’s resurrection power at work in our lives and in our world.

As you move forward in your life my prayer is that you would remember Jesus’ words in this passage. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” If you were to tell someone the reasons that you believe in the resurrection what would they be?

Make it personal: Look for visible evidence of Christ’s resurrection power in your life and in those around you. You may not see Jesus walking through your house, but I am sure you can see him evident in your life, if you believe.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church