Dublin First United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 19, 2018
To reach, teach and serve others in the name and love of Jesus Christ

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Tyler's Take

 

Jesus once said: “You believe because you have seen me.  Blessed are those who believe without seeing me” (John 20:29).  In this situation, Jesus was speaking to the Disciples in the Upper Room, after His resurrection.  The Disciples were huddled together in that place in fear of what they believed was to be their immediate arrest and execution for following Jesus as His students and friends.  The door to the Upper Room was locked tight and the Disciples were desperately trying to determine what their next move would be; then in the midst of all of that fear and anxiety, Jesus appeared right in front of them.

 

Of course, the Disciples were shocked, amazed and confused in this moment.  They asked themselves how could this be, since they knew Jesus was dead and buried.  Just prior to this moment, Thomas, the doubting Disciple, famously said: “Unless I see the nail marks in His (Jesus) hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand in His side, I will not believe.”  It was in this very moment of doubt and fear that Jesus showed up in the middle of those who knew Him best.

 

Jesus then spoke those words, “You believe because you have seen me.  Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”  God does this so often in our lives.  He comes to us in the times in which we need Him the most and in the times where we expect to see Him the least.  Yet, how often do we fail to recognize Him and how often are we like Thomas, believing in Him ONLY when we are given rock-solid proof of His presence?

 

The old expression (that comes directly from this biblical encounter) goes: “Seeing is believing.”  However, what if the opposite is true?  What if when we believe in God, we begin to see Him more and more in our lives in all different areas of our daily existence?  I believe this has been true in my life and is true for many others.  The more we believe in the “God who lives,” the more we will recognize Him right in front of our faces.  So, perhaps we should open our eyes more to where Jesus is today instead of demanding that He show Himself to us where we want Him to be.