“Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” vs. 24
It’s really hard for any of us to believe in things that we have not experienced. And if we are going to believe in them we will need to have supporting evidence. According to Luke that’s what disciples of Jesus were looking for when they were told by some women that Jesus was alive. They wanted proof, so they went to the tomb–and found nothing. The body of Jesus was missing! For some of them, that evidence was not enough, they needed more than an empty tomb to believe in a risen Christ. Now for many people lack of evidence isn’t an issue when it comes to belief. They will accept the most preposterous ideas and theories on the flimsiest of evidence or even with no evidence at all. And if they want to believe something bad enough they’ll even manufacture evidence. So is that the way it is with our faith in the resurrection of Jesus? Some would say so. They can see no convincing proof that he is alive. But from the beginning millions of others have chosen to believe–even hard-nosed skeptics like Paul and Thomas were convinced, and spent the rest of their lives proclaiming that good news. They experienced the Risen Christ first hand, and that was all the evidence they needed.
Thought for the Day: What evidence fuels my faith in the Risen Christ?