I’ve often said, “God…when it comes to faith, I think the 12 disciples had an advantage that we don’t have. They could hang out, travel, and talk, to a physical touchable Jesus which they could SEE…..we don’t have that advantage.” Have YOU ever felt like that? If so, check this out…
Notice what happened when Simon Peter and John showed up at the empty tomb of Jesus. “….He (Simon Peter) saw the strips of linen lying there. He also saw the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head. It wasn’t lying with the strips of linen but was rolled up separately. Then the other disciple (John), who arrived at the tomb first, went inside. He SAW and BELIEVED.” (John 20:6-8 GW)
John SAW with his physical eyes, but more importantly, he saw with his spiritual eyes. He saw what was NOT there more than he saw what WAS there. As John looked around the empty tomb, he noticed the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head and the strips of linen that had been wrapped around the body. What John did NOT see was the body of Jesus… that’s when his spiritual eyes kicked in. The empty tomb and the vacant grave clothes could mean only one thing, “JESUS IS ALIVE!”
Obviously, hanging out, traveling, and talking to a physical touchable Jesus doesn’t necessarily seal the deal concerning faith. In fact, we’re the ones who have the advantage now. How so? In John 20:29, Jesus said to Thomas, “You believe because you’ve seen Me. BLESSED are those who haven’t seen Me but believe.” The original word “blessed” in Greek, means “supremely blessed.” Faith never comes from a feeling or from our senses. It comes from the Word of God. So keep on believing, even though you can’t see anything happening, because your supreme blessing is attached to your faith, not your eyes.
Pastor Kevin Kinchen