by Wesley Blackburn
And now, after some very deep, tough posts over the past few days, we arrive at the joy of the Resurrection!
I believe that the resurrection of Jesus is a reliable, historical fact. There are plenty of reasons we can know and believe in it and place our confidence and trust in what Jesus has done here. The Son of God rose from the dead, proving once and for all that He has conquered sin and death and hell. Nothing can stop us! If Jesus can conquer the dead, truly there is a chance for all of us as well! To put it simply, Jesus’ resurrection is the down payment on the future glory that all of us will have a chance to experience in heaven one day.
But for me, this story has one side note: Thomas. Growing up in the church, I felt like we gave poor Thomas a lot of flack for doubting that Jesus had risen again. But can you really blame the guy? People don’t just rise from the dead everyday. I can respect where Thomas was coming from, for sure. But what’s exciting the most to me are Jesus’ words to Thomas after he has felt the wounds in Jesus’ hands and side. Jesus tells the disciples, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
We are all in that category… called “blessed” by Christ himself! I don’t necessarily know what that blessing entails, but I know that God is happy when we live a life of faith in Him. Let’s keep hoping, and keep believing. And let’s always carry around in our hearts the incredible hope and inexpressible joy that comes from knowing our God is not dead… He is surely alive!