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Faltering faith fix | Matthew 28:16-17

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.

Matthew 28:16-17 (ESV) 中文

He’s Alive!

Jesus is alive! He’s appeared to the women and they are filled with immeasurable joy! They told the disciples along with Jesus’ instructions to head to Galilee to meet Him there. Be sure to check out this link to a chronology of the resurrection from the different gospels. You’ll find it helpful in your study.

Obedience and faith

So the disciples obey the command and head up to Galilee, to the place Jesus told them. This demonstrates their faith and belief that He indeed rose from the dead. It also shows they still consider Him their Lord and Master. I’m sure they were still in a state of disbelief – like when something amazing happens to you and you just can’t believe it. You know it’s true but you can’t wrap your mind and emotions around it.

Faith falters

But it’s not all a bed of “faith roses”. Even though all the 11 disciples plus many others – even over 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15:6) – had seen Him, there were still doubters. The other gospels give us these additional details. “Here is a possible harmony of the narratives of the resurrection of Christ and His post-resurrection appearances, in chronological order.” (gotquestions.org) This account Matthew records this challenge of faltering faith. 

Thomas

The most famous doubting scene involves “Doubting Thomas” as he is unfairly called. It’s found in John 20:1-18. Read it for yourself and see what you think. Yes, at first Thomas doubted – because he didn’t have the same proof that the others had. He wasn’t there at the first appearance of Jesus. But after he has the benefit of the same experience, he believes. And, what an amazing reaction he has!

RЯeflection

  • Does your faith falter? It’s natural. But how you respond makes the difference. If you ignore it, the enemy won’t let it go away and eventually your faith will erode. I don’t think you can lose your salvation, however. Rather than ignore it, we should face the doubt and tell God. Then we need to take action to research and try to understand, with God’s help. In the process, He will help us. As we seek Him, He will be delighted and we will have a nice reward of knowing Him better. The more we know Him, the more we trust Him. Study His Word!
  • As you read this account in John 20:1-18, imagine you are there in the room. Imagine that you are Thomas. What is your response? Do you respond as Thomas does, “My Lord and My God!”?
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