It could be one of the most absurd things anyone could believe: Someone rising from the dead. Everyone in our enlightened culture knows that people can’t just rise from the dead, right? Even in the first century, the dynamics surrounding belief in the resurrection were varied. Peter and John seemed ready to believe as they quickly ran to the tomb and believed when they saw the folded grave clothes. Mary needed a bit more evidence, but believed when she heard Jesus say her name. Thomas was the slowest to come around. He announced that he would only believe if he could see and touch Jesus. It might be easy to praise Peter and John and scorn Mary and Thomas, but the point of John’s record of Jesus’s resurrection was so that we might believe, and they all believed. Jesus did say that those who believe without sight will be blessed, but belief is belief. So believe! Even if your faith doesn’t look like what you imagine everyone else’s looks like, believe! Jesus is alive. Believe, and live in Him!
Sunday at Liberty
- SS: Unending Dominion (Daniel)–Daniel 10-11: Dominion Rejected
- AM: Pastor Rory–John 20:1-29–The Lord Lives (sermon notes)
- No Evening Service