Reason, Trust, and Resurrection

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am (resumes April 8)
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: April 1, 2018

Newsletter: April 2018

Scriptures: Colossians 3:1-4Psalm 118John 20:1-18


Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

“Unless I see it with my own eyes, I can’t believe it,” is a well-known saying, but no one actual lives like that.

In fact, more often than not, until someone explains something to us, describes it, and points it out, we do not recognize it. After someone pointed out Yellow Warblers to me, I began seeing these brilliant yellow birds everywhere I went in the city. How could I have missed them before? If I had refused to believe my teacher, would I have seen them?

Yes, being asked to believe in Yellow Warblers is one thing while claiming that Jesus was killed, buried, and then rose from the dead with a transformed body is quite another thing.

In John’s account of the resurrection, faith, knowledge, and experience all work together. There are many kinds of knowledge where the starting point is faith or trust. The disciple Thomas famously insisted that he would need to touch the wounds in Jesus’ body before he would believe in the resurrection.

But the response of the first eyewitnesses to the empty tomb, and then to seeing Jesus alive, was trust (or faith) in the midst of their confusion and uncertainty – trust in God and trust in Jesus.

For 2000 years now, in the middle of uncertainty and confusion, new Christians have found their first steps of faith rewarded with their own encounters with Jesus and a growing understanding, just like the first witnesses.