Sunday, April 27, 2014
John 20:19â€“31; 1 Peter 1:3â€“9
The story of Thomas in John 20, which may have been the bookâ€™s original conclusion, salutes those who â€śhave not seen and yet have come to believe.â€ť First Peter offers a similar commendation: â€śAlthough you have not seen him, you love him.â€ť
These texts offer encouragement for later generations of Christians. How do people who didnâ€™t see Jesus on earth come to faith? Itâ€™s a critical question for Johnâ€™s Gospelâ€”and for the church. John is clear that he writes in order to help readers come to believe that â€śJesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.â€ť Separated in time and space from the resurrected Jesus, we depend on what others say. So our belief is somehow more special, indeed â€śblessedâ€ť (20:29).
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