Quick Thought – Monday, April 17, 2017

Read

Matthew 28:16-20

And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.
Matthew 28:17

Reflect

Jesus had done it all.

He turned water into wine. He healed people with blindness, deafness, leprosy and paralysis. He cast out demons and cast a bunch of them into some pigs who immediately jumped off a cliff. He calmed a storm, walked on the water and brought a disciple onto the sea to join him for the stroll. He raised three people from the dead. And to top it all off, He also came back from the dead after being in the grave for three days.

And yet, “some doubted.”

These weren’t just s0me casual passers-by who caught a glimpse of a so-called prophet putting on a magic show. These were men who walked with him every day for three years and saw him do the unimaginable. And now, in spite of seeing the resurrected body of Christ, they still had doubts it was really happening.

Is it any wonder that people today, who never saw any of those miracles, doubt the reality of the message of Jesus Christ?

That’s one of the two big stories in today’s scripture: People will doubt, and Jesus wants us to tell them anyway. He has commanded us to go into every nation and tell them about the Good News, making disciples of all who are willing to cast aside their doubts and put their faith in Him.

That’s the whole point of why He came and lived and died. It wasn’t so that we could go to church a couple of times a year, put a few bucks in the offering plate and then go home with a warm feeling in our hearts. It was so that people who loved Him and believed in Him would spread the message of His saving grace to others, in hopes that the whole world might be saved from the consequences of their sins.

Lent and Easter has come and gone, and now the season of living in the resurrection hope of Christ begins. Today, give thanks for what He has done for you on Good Friday and Easter. Embrace it – for the first time or for the thousandth time – and commit yourself to carrying His saving message into the world, and letting His light illuminate the darkness.

Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Doug DeBolt

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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