According to a 2010 Rasmussen poll, 78 percent of Americans believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I think that’s great news. The tough news is that almost one in four people in our country are either unconvinced or decidedly against the idea that Jesus’ rose again. This leads me to believe that a significant portion of people reading this article may have doubts, or reservations, as to the validity of the resurrection story.
What happens when we are unconvinced? What room is there in the church for those with hesitations about such a weighty doctrine? Well, according to John’s Gospel, there is a big spot reserved for those with inquiring minds.
This Sunday we are going to look at the story of Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples. In his day he was called Thomas the Twin. In our day we have come to know him as Doubting Thomas. God had an answer for his doubts, and I believe God makes himself available to us, revealing himself to us, in the midst of our doubts as well. This Sunday we are going to see how Thomas the Twin was transformed from Doubting Thomas into Thomas the Believer. I think you may recognize something of your own story as we dig into the story of Thomas. I think you will be impressed that God is still in the business of dissolving doubt and building faith.
Let’s not lose the spiritual fervor that we experienced this past Sunday. The resurrection holds power for our lives every week of the year, not just the week of Easter. I look forward to seeing you Sunday by Sunday as we explore the accounts of Christ’s appearances among his followers after the resurrection.
“Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”