by Pastor Dawn Marie Turner, First Christian Church
We have put away the Easter dresses and bonnets, thrown away the candy wrappers, hopefully found all the hidden eggs and used those eggs for deviled eggs and egg salad. Now we breathe a sigh of relief. Lent is over; Resurrection Sunday has come and gone. What is next for us?
Do we look upon disdain at Thomas for his doubt? Do we shake our heads in mystery that the two men on the road to Emmaus didn’t know Jesus? I think these three gentlemen get a bad rap at times, especially Thomas. Aren’t we too, peopling of doubt and disdain? Don’t many of us need to see to believe? We aren’t like our children who eagerly believe in the magical figures of childhood. We want to see.
I was talking with a friend and was asked how I can believe in a dead man rising or virgin birth. I said I had to suspend my doubts and believed with heart. Not to question but to accept. Faith is the suspension of disbelief and the acceptance of what we can’t see. We know the wind blows but we can’t see it, we see the results of that wind in the moving leaves, swaying trees and even in the dirt that enters our home. Just as we see Jesus moving and swaying us and cleaning our dirt that enters into our hearts.
John 20: 24-25 But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.”
But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”
26 Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”
27 Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”
28 Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”
29 Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”
As we go into Eastertide, the 50 days until Pentecost, I ask you to find your belief without seeing, I ask you to embrace God’s love and sacrifice. I ask you to be the Easter people. Celebrate the living Christ, celebrate the Christ that moved among his people and the Christ that will return for us.