Seeing is believing, but…
by Alan and Clarice Smith 17 May 2021
Witness to the resurrection of Christ
I always wonder why people have a preference for ‘seeing’ and ‘touching’ things, in order to substantiate their belief. Does it help their unbelief? For centuries unbelievers have requested ‘proof’ of the resurrection of Jesus. It is true that to see and touch may help us to believe.
The experience of Thomas, however, is a reminder that there is a greater satisfaction - and that is to have the faith to believe without seeing and touching.
We go through life enjoying the air we breathe. It is an invisible reality we take for granted until something happens to us and we have to receive oxygen medically in order to survive, as is currently being reported during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Like the air we breathe, there are other invisible realities such as love, trust, confidence, friendship and patriotism, upon which our lives are based.
Let us remember that although we cannot see or touch God, God is real. People today, like many before us, want ‘convincing proof’ of the resurrection. God has already provided the evidence in the appearances of the Risen Christ to the disciples.
He presented himself alive to his eleven disciples in Jerusalem (Mark 16:14 and so on)
Showed them ‘his hands and his side’ (John 20:26-29)
Appeared to seven disciples at the Sea of Tiberius (John 21:1-23)
And on the mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16-20 and so on
And finally to Paul (1 Corinthians 15:8).
Lord, help our unbelief. Help us to accept, in faith, your resurrection and witness to the truth of your living presence in our lives.
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