6/5/20

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:16-20

Read verse 17 of this passage carefully – “When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted”. Even after the time they had spent with Him and now being present with the risen Christ, some were still unsure in their faith. Yet Jesus gives them all the same instruction and duty. He doesn’t single out just those who “believe”.

Jesus knows our human weakness. He understands how hard it can be to have faith in an unbelieving world. He doesn’t let our doubt keep us from continuing the journey with Him. As with Thomas, He can use our doubt to deepen our faith and our questions to strengthen our connection.

Jesus wants us all to believe in Him, not for His sake but for ours. He calls us to give up the weight of our doubt. He comforts us saying “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). Give your doubts to Him that you may be made whole and ready for the task for which He calls you.

Loving Lord, we are sorry that our faith is not always what it should be. Help us to lay down our unbelief and be strong in Your love. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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