Thought for the Week, October 22 2021

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‘The scenery is stunning,’ said a friend from Skye when she heard we were going to holiday there.

As we crossed the bridge, we were excited to see the island’s beauty.

At first though, we had to take our friend’s word for it, as rain, low cloud and failing light obscured most of it from view. The next day the rain stopped, the clouds lifted and the sun broke through.

We saw for ourselves that what our friend had said was true. Skye’s scenery is stunning.

In John, chapter 20, verses 24-29, the apostles told Thomas that while he had been away, Jesus had physically appeared to them. Thomas refused to accept as true what they told him, insisting that unless he saw him with his own eyes and touched him with his own hands, he would not believe Jesus was alive.

For him, seeing was believing.

Later, Jesus once again appeared to the apostles and, this time, Thomas was present. Now Thomas believed. Jesus rebuked him for his unbelief and said: ‘Blessed are those who have not seen yet believe.’

We believe lots of things, not because we can see them for ourselves but by accepting the word of those who have.

Christians believe in Jesus, not because we have seen him with our own eyes, but because of the reliable word of the apostles who physically saw the risen Jesus with their own eyes.

I encourage you to read the Gospels, the accurately written-down eyewitness testimony of the apostles to Jesus so that you might see who he is and as you trust in him alone,
experience his forgiveness and his power to change your life.

Dr Rodger Crooks, Free Church of Scotland, Tarbert and Lochgilphead.