April 7 – The Easter story is full of contradictions and seems to be beyond comprehension. Doubt is natural. Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, was full of doubt. He could not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead and was now alive. He wanted to reach out and touch.
Faith is always about reaching out and touching. We certainly cannot do what Thomas did but we can have a similar experience. What Faith is is being able to experience and to sense that things are special. In spite of the contradictions across the various accounts of Easter we do know that people changed. The disciples changed, those who had known Jesus changed, the world of that time changed and the world which followed changed. The “proof” of the resurrection is really in its impact not in its particulars.
Faith is what one experiences as a result of Easter and which makes a difference in our thinking and changes our lives. And that is all as a result of something that took place both at Easter, because of Easter and in the days and centuries which follow.
Read Thomas’ story and about faith in John 20:19-31.
Rev Dr Adrian Brown