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a vast pool of proof | John 20.30-31

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This week’s reading: John 20.19-31  

 

REFLECT

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20.30-31  |  ESV

So. Do you need more proof? This is just dipping our collective little toe into the vast pool of proof Jesus dunked his disciples into – most of it uncharted waters passed over in silence in this telling of the tale. But where I’ve broken that silence and invited you to join me in these waters of Jesus’ life and work, it’s been for one reason only: to open a spring of faith and trust deep within you that Jesus is the Messiah, the Chosen, the Son of God – and in that spring of faith to be saturated with Life, bubbling up from the subterranean depths of who He is.  MAV

 

RECEIVE

Your turn now.

Reread the entire text for this week. Then sit with it in silence. Open your imagination. Put yourself there with Thomas. See through the eyes of Thomas. You’ve held out so long from believing.

You want proof.
You have issues.
And where is he, after all?

And now, suddenly, here he is.
Right here in the room, by the lake, on the patio, wherever you happen to be.
What does he look like?
What does he show you?
What does he ask you?
What do you say?

Look.
Listen.
And then let him lead you in your response to his voice.

 

RELATE

How would you summarize the “pool of proof” God has used in your own journey of faith? Has it issued in a spring of faith within you “saturating you with life” – or are you still waiting?

 

RESPOND

Lord, you say it only takes a mustard seed of faith. Just a mustard seed. Give me that, that with the distressed father I can truly pray, ‘Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!’ Through Christ.

thomas1

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