The Holy Gospel: April 7, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  John 20:19-31

Meditation: ” Believing Thomas”

I think Thomas has received bad press.  Labeling him as “doubting Thomas” fails to read his story all the way to the end.

The passages in the Gospel of John are written to help us believe (v 31), so Thomas’ story is included to show us what faith looks like–not doubt–but faith when it is hard to believe.

Who of us has not seen or heard something (perhaps more than once) that dealt a severe blow to our faith.  When we face such times, we are not doubters, we are simply realists.

Jesus likes reality, and just as he came to Thomas in his realism, he will come to us in ours.  The hymn “Just As I Am” could have been written by Thomas, and it is the one Billy Graham has used for decades at his crusades to initiate the invitations to encounter Christ.

“Just as I am…thou wilt receive…wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve…”

Doubting Thomas?  No way!  “My Lord and my God!” is one of the greatest confessions of faith uttered in the Bible.  Thomas is remembered because he shows how to come to Jesus when it’s hard to believe.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to The Holy Gospel: April 7, 2013 (Year C)

  1. Patrick says:

    Just want to say thanks again. Meditating on the power of touch and the availability of Jesus, even today, for that to happen with loved ones and ourselves to experience together. Not to discount the experience directly with himself as well and not just through neighbor. All of this made available so that our human limitations can be overcome in a supernatural sense. Now healing can begin and the spirit of doubt that lives within us can be cast out. Thanks for a more balanced message tomorrow.

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