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This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: John 19, 20, 21
Here is my SOAP for today, Monday, December 24, 2018
John 19:6 “But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”
John 20:19 “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.”
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John 21:13 “Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
25 “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
I love what Jesus said to Thomas,“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
I’m not one who requires “proof” to believe, to have faith. I have believed since I was a kid. I always believed that Jesus was the Son of God and that he died for my sins and that he rose from the dead, is seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven and is making intercession for me.
I love that Jesus said those who have NOT seen and yet believe are blessed.
That’s me. (And you!)
I did a persuasive speech my senior year of high school as to whether or not Jesus was God. Believing in Jesus has never been hard for me. I’m not one who struggles with my faith like so many other people seem to. I just keep it simple… Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.”
We love to complicate it, but it’s not complicated. Confess and believe. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
I pray for all those who may read this that you would trust in the Lord!