“When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” vs. 17
Sometimes things just seem too good to be true! That was the experience of the disciples when they reconnected with Jesus on the mountain in Galilee. According to Matthew, the disciples didn’t have a resurrection encounter with Jesus that first Easter morning. They knew the tomb was empty and they had received the message given by Jesus to the women, that they should go to Galilee. Not knowing quite what to do, they left Jerusalem amid rumors that they had stolen Jesus’ body. Obviously they were hoping that the women’s story was true, but they had no certainty, and all of them were wondering. And there in Galilee, the resurrected Jesus came to them and they fell on their faces in awe and wonder. We really can’t blame those who doubted…we know the feeling all too well. It comes to us sometimes in our Easter celebrations. The story is so spectacular…but is it too good to be true? But even as we wonder we join the worship. “Christ is risen,” is shouted out, and we respond, “He is risen indeed.” The good news is that the doubters on the mountaintop weren’t excluded by the others. In fact, they get the great commission too…and so do we, doubts and all. And through us all, the resurrected Christ becomes incarnate in the world…and sometimes it’s the honest doubters who are the most effective witnesses of all!
Thoughts for the Day: What doubts come to me during worship?