A doubt and a promise

Matthew 28:16-20

When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted.

Passages like this assure me there’s a place for me and the people I serve. Unlike John’s story of Thomas, Matthew didn’t single out one disciple as the doubter. He says that “some doubted.” While Thomas was clear about his doubt (“unless I see the print of the nails . . .”), Matthew didn’t say why they doubted––or what they doubted. Perhaps they weren’t sure it was Jesus, or they doubted he had actually died. Maybe they had simply been through enough and weren’t about to be fooled or hurt again.

Thomas demanded proof. Jesus gave it. But Jesus didn’t address their doubt by telling and unpacking a parable or assuring them with another teaching. Not now. Now he simply commissioned them: “Go and make disciples, baptize, teach.”

 

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