Binding Doubt, Building Faith

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Poor doubting Thomas. The guy has been labeled for eternity for reacting to an unbelievable situation, with a normal human reaction. Thomas thought that if Jesus had breathed his last breath, died and was buried, that he was indeed dead. The line of logic being followed by Thomas is pretty solid. He did not trust the word of the other 10 disciples that they had seen Jesus alive.

Thomas wanted some proof. “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe (John 20:25).” The risen Jesus came to Thomas offered him the proof he was after and said , "Do not doubt but believe.(John 20:27).” Jesus came to fear and doubts two thousand years ago to form faith. Not much has changed in some ways, Jesus has not stopped using this formula for spiritual development.

In “Living the Message : Daily Reflections” by Eugene Peterson he writes, “Any time we look into newspapers or into our hearts, and despair, we do well to remember that God's people have faced similar prospects, similar reversals, similar headlines, similar assaults on faith, and have recovered from doubt, been rescued from pessimism and foreboding and gone on to live in praise of God.”

May your doubts have a “similar” experience as those of Thomas. Jesus still comes to fears, doubts, wounds and scars to bind up and build our faith.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J.Jensen

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