Besides that, we live in a culture that is based on beliefs that are contrary to the things that God has shown us. Yet there are many people who are skeptics. There aren’t any harsh words, but Jesus says, “Because you have seen me, you have believed.” Fair enough. It is amazing how quickly we can move from confidence to crisis, especially in regards to our faith. People don’t just rise from the dead like that. As it says in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” We need to be sure of what we hope for: that Jesus did in fact die on the cross for our sins. To believe in Jesus Christ is to hold life shaping beliefs that we learn through him and to let those beliefs shape our lives. God’s Will for Our Lives – Romans 12:1-3 “I can’t believe it. He even breathed the Holy Spirit onto us!” And again Thomas would say,“Okay guys, right?! In order to fully accept something to be true, someone needs to see it with his own eyes. Jesus seems to be addressing the doubt of all the disciples here. They say, “You can’t give me physical proof that he exists, therefore, I can’t believe in him.” I think when we are really pressed, we too need to admit that we all have had our doubts at some point. Assurance of Pardon – John 3:16-17 In this encounter, Jesus tells Mary to go to the disciples and tell them he has in fact risen from the dead and that he is soon returning to his Father. Can you imagine, the one whom you ran from on the night of his arrest is now standing with you? Hymn of Dedication #543 “Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer” There was doubt on the part of the other disciples as well. It wasn’t just a ghost or some sort of vision. For them, it is a nice story, but they don’t really accept it as true. In John 20:18 we read, “Mary Magdalene, went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’ And she told them that he had said these things to her.” That is all we hear. In humility and faith let us confess our sin to God.” —based on 1 John 1:8-9, Some of his funniest stories were about the dead animals he had to haul. The word “Lord” is the equivalent of the Old Testament word “Yahweh” which is the name for God himself. There is no such thing as sin. Cornelius was a truck driver that hauled cows. There was a man named Jesus. Our culture tells us that money and power are the really substantial and important things in life. When it comes to anything, we need to have proof. His frustration comes because of ongoing unbelief. They are clearly words of frustration. When you read Acts 1:14, we find out that the women, Mary Jesus’ mother, his brothers and probably others were there in the upper room together. I mean, getting a phone call on April 1st about a dead elephant is hard to believe. That makes it hard to accept that he died and was raised from the dead. In every age, including our own, there have been people who have lived as if God is alive and as if the things Jesus demonstrated are true and they have experienced life in its fullness, eternal life. Instead, Jesus had to show them his hands and his side. Not only is Jesus the master and teacher, but he is in fact God himself. He breathes on them the Holy Spirit to lead them in carrying on his work. We have seen the Lord. Can you imagine the emotions they must have felt? Sermon – “You don’t always have to see to believe” All Rights Reserved. Can you blame Thomas? They fled the scene in fear for their own lives. In the name of the risen Lord, Amen.”, We Respond to God's Word We’ve all heard someone who doubts anything, nicknamed: “Doubting Thomas.” This nickname has stuck with the disciple Thomas ever since Jesus’ resurrection. He alone among the disciples had understood that following Jesus might require sacrifice (John 11:16), still he kept on following. In making himself known to us, God has shown us what is real and true about life. We read that a week later they were gathered in the house again. This is an unfortunate nickname that only Thomas inherited. One thing about the society and culture in which we live is that it is a culture of skepticism. They make it hard to believe in Jesus, don’t they? Sermon prepared by Rev. He showed them his feet and his hands where the nails were. Mark 5:21-43. And it is not just learning and repeating some magic incantation that is supposed to make everything come out alright for you in this life and get you into heaven after you die – even though you don’t do anything else very different from the way you always have. But instead it tells us, “Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’” Somehow Jesus was able to stand in their presence and give them a common greeting. Miracles Miracles Series: Sermon Title: Believe Dr. Marty Baker / John 9:1-11/ November 13, 2005 www.stevenscreek.net Good morning.

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