“Seeing is believing,” our lives go to show, as we hold onto proof like a security blanket. We have to see it with our own eyes, or, at best, trust someone who has.
As in the case of the chief priests and scribes.
They were pretty sure a king wouldn’t hang on a cross, so they waited for proof of his blasphemous claim.
Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe. Mark 15:32
And Jesus answered,
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. John 20:29
. . . not to the chief priests and scribes, but to Thomas.
When Jesus appeared to “the twelve” after his resurrection, Thomas wasn’t included. To which Thomas basically responded, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” So Jesus appeared in the flesh to challenge the basis for his disbelief.
And here we sit, a few thousand years later, having never seen the wounds.
Though you do not now see him, you believe in him. 1 Peter 1:8
True faith: the conviction of things not seen (Heb 11:1).
It comes through the fire more precious than gold. It believes with such joy, one would think there must have been some kind of proof. And praise, glory, and honor result when that faith is turned to sight. Because what is faith when there is sight?
May our lives go to show – believing has nothing to do with seeing.
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