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The Historical Facts About Jesus Are Enough For Faith

April 11, 2021 Speaker: The Rev. Mike McDonald Series: Easter - Seeking Jesus

Topic: Easter: Seeking Jesus Passage: John 20:19–20:31

Our lives are full of things that need tending, such as muscle strength. In a similar fashion our faith is not static but changing. When exercised, our faith grows stronger, but when neglected, it languishes. Jesus told Thomas to “stop becoming disbelieving.” His insistence on needing the proof of touching Jesus’ nail marks was causing him to backslide. After Jesus acquiesces and shows him the nail marks, Thomas finally declares, “my Lord and my God.” Jesus’ response teaches that seeing is not believing, despite what the secular proverb states.  

The historical facts about Jesus are enough for faith.

Like us today, Thomas had the eye witness accounts of reputable people who saw Jesus alive. The Church for 2,000 years has been growing stronger and stronger simply based on the recorded accounts of the resurrection (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Sadly, many people correctly realize that believing in Jesus will require a change in their lifestyle. They discredit the fact of Jesus’ resurrection as a smokescreen for moral license, but they miss out on the blessings that attend to faith in Christ.    

Jesus declared, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (v.29). This blessedness of believing includes incredible things, such as the peace of God, the constant help of the Holy Spirit, the charge to be witnesses in the world, the message of forgiveness, and a new kind of life in Christ. 

Taking It Home: Read 1 Peter 1:3-9 and note all the blessings that Peter mentions. The 1st century church also did not get to see the resurrected Lord, but they still believed. Repent of any attitudes or behaviors that are causing you to “become disbelieving.” Exercise your faith by praying to God about your struggle.