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Those Who Believe.

John 20:19-31   2 Chronicles 32   Psalm 88

“So that you may come to believe . . .” (John 20:31). In reading the stories before us this day, we are given opportunity to reflect upon the many faces of faith and the varied nature of believing. There are those who believe when they see (the disciples and Thomas), and those who believe who have not seen (Hezekiah and the writer of psalm 88). There are those who believe when the Lord shows up (the disciples), and those who believe when it appears that God is absent (Psalm 88). There are those who act in believing ways “every day” (Psalm 88:9), and those who respond in faith one day, and fail to do so on another (2 Chronicles 32:7,25). There are even those who believe and doubt at the same time (Thomas. See, also, Mark 9:24) . . . And all these stories are recorded so that you and I may come to believe.

“But Hezekiah did not respond according to the benefit done to him” (2 Chronicles 32:25). Why? Pride. And while there are varied expressions of belief, the greatest belief-blockers are pride and fear (John 20:19). Notice: Doubt is not on the list. Doubt is part of faith and believing, as the psalmist demonstrates so clearly; he who calls on the Lord “every day” while doubting God’s presence and wrestling with God’s silence. May we hear this clearly: doubt is not the enemy of believing, pride and fear are our greater opponents in this struggle.

“As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (John 20:21).  Those who believe are, in the end, those who act upon that belief. Standing strong against the odds because “there is one greater with us than with him” (2 Chronicles 32:7), praying to the Lord when there is no evidence of help (Psalm 88:4,9), and going out into the world as those who carry on the mission and ministry of Jesus empowered by the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-23). What would being counted among those who believe look like in your life right now? And how will you and I act in belief this day? May we be encouraged by the many faces of those who have gone before us believing, for they and their stories are all there in order to lead us into life. Amen.

“But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.”
— John 20:31


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