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When Believing is Not Seeing

John 20:24-29

Verse 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Yesterday we talked about two of the foundational truths we need for the truth of the resurrection to be solid in our heart and mind. So what is the truth of the resurrection and how can we build on it?

Believing is hard when we can’t see what we are wanting to believe in. Jesus’ followers may have been struggling with believing that the one they believed to be the Messiah was dead. And since they had never witnessed anyone raise themselves from the dead how could they have believed that He could raise Himself? Even the women going to the grave that morning were living under the belief that He wasn’t going to rise from the dead.

Thomas struggled to believe even after all his friends told him the truth of seeing Jesus. He said he had to see Jesus for himself and touch His wounds. Jesus gave Thomas the opportunity he needed to see and feel the truth but Jesus also gave him a slight rebuke about the need to see proof to believe. This is a reminder we need ourselves sometimes, true belief doesn’t require proof.

To know the truth and believe it personally is what we need to be able to pass it on. If we don’t have a solid belief and knowledge of His resurrection we will be unable to show the truth to others. If our beliefs are shaky at best we will not be able to speak boldly of Christ and His resurrection. And if we aren’t speaking about His resurrection how will others find the hope of the risen Lord?

We share the things that impact our lives. If our lives have been impacted by the resurrection, and if we are believing on Him for salvation our lives have been impacted, we need to be ready to share it. But we can’t share it if we don’t know why we believe in something that we didn’t see.

This is why we must come back to the facts. How is it we can believe that Jesus rose from the dead? We have to go back to our foundational truths. Is the Scripture true? If yes, then the resurrection has to be true too. Is Jesus God? Yes, and this reveals that the only one capable of resurrecting themselves would have to be God and so from that reasoning resurrection is probable. Furthermore there were so many witnesses (over 500 – other than the gospels 1 Corinthians 15:5-7 lists those He appeared to) that if it were a lie there is no way that so many could have kept the same lie without many inconsistencies to their stories. By these testimonies alone we should be able to believe.

Making It Personal

Do you believe the resurrection to be true? Why do you believe it to be true? Who can you share with about the truth of the resurrection?

Making It Personal Kids

How do we know that Jesus really rose from the dead? Who do you tell when you have something exciting to share? Who can you tell about your excitement about Jesus rising from the dead?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for being someone we can trust. Thank You for giving us so many testimonies of You being alive after the resurrection. You are God and we worship You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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