“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:29 NIV
In Grade 12 I took a course on ancient history. I remember at the end of one class my teacher saying something along these lines, “Next week we start a study on the life of Jesus Christ. I don’t want you atheists skipping class and I don’t want you Christians taking this time to evangelize in your comments. We are learning about a historical figure Jesus Christ. We study his life because there is more proof that Jesus Christ lived, died and rose from the dead than there is that Julius Caesar lived.” That last comment changed my life. I had struggled with the fact that people always said Christianity had to be followed with blind faith. I was beginning to learn that although I had to live believing without seeing, it wasn’t blind, uneducated or illogical faith. My faith had backing, beyond just my experience with God.
When Jesus spoke the words above recorded by John he was pronouncing a blessing on people like you and me. People all over the world who would have to come to faith in Him, believing without seeing. We live in a world where people are distrustful, with good reason. Politicians and preachers; family and friends make great promises, only to break them, often with consequences that affect the lives of others. We live in a day where people say ‘I’ll have to see it to believe it’. That’s why so many, myself included, have struggled with faith in God. We weren’t there to see Jesus live, die, raise from the dead and ascend to heaven, but the disciples were there recording, along with a group of other historians.
Over the many years since High School I‘ve been diligent to add fact to my faith. I’ve studied and confirmed for myself that the Bible records the truth about Jesus; from birth to death. The question is, will you receive the blessing Jesus spoke and live believing without seeing?
Father…I’m filled with gratitude that you sent Your son. Jesus, I’m overwhelmed with Your love. I’ll never understand why you would leave the glories of heaven and come here to earth for sinners like me. I don’t deserve what You did, but I’m so thankful for Your sacrifice. Please open the eyes of my spirit, so I can live believing without seeing while growing in my knowledge of Your truth. In Jesus Name…Amen