If the “other” disciple remember, if Mary Magdalene remember, if Thomas remember, if the group of disciples remember and if you remember, when undoubtedly was the moment that you believed that Jesus had risen, it would be time to say Hallelujah!
With the disciple that reached the tomb first. The “other” disciple, it was quick. Once he looked inside of the tomb where Jesus had laid and it was empty, John 8 states, …”He saw and he believed.” Apparently, at that moment, the “other” disciple, understood and accepted what had been spoken by Jesus along the way. Hallelujah! Jesus was understood.
With Mary Magdalene, although, she had began to live her life on the words of Jesus, she still could not recognize Him in her presence until she heard his voice call out her name. 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). (John 20:16 NIV) Hallelujah! It was His voice.
With Thomas, he was a hard disciple to convince. Thomas had walked along side of Jesus taking in details of his teachings. Thomas watched while Jesus fed the multitudes with a small amount of fish and bread. Jesus healed leprosy before Thomas’ eyes. Thomas witnessed Jesus walk on water and calm a stormy sea with the command of His voice. “16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” As he stood by while Jesus called out to Lazarus to rise from the dead. Thomas, also, allowed Jesus to humble himself and bow down to serve him by washing his feet before witnessing the crucifixion of Jesus. After of that he witnessed and experienced, Thomas was not convinced that Jesus had risen. Although, the group of disciples told him that Jesus had risen. Unconvinced, Thomas commanded to see and to touch Jesus before he would believe. When Jesus, lastly, proved to Thomas with his presence and allowed him a final touch of his body, 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28 NIV) Hallelujah! It was His touch.
Now, to you. Do you remember when you believed that Jesus had risen? Unlike the “other” disciple, you cannot run to the tomb where Jesus was laid to view the cloths that was recently removed. Unlike, Mary Magdalene, Jesus is not here with you, yet, to call out your name. Unlike Thomas, you can not remain inconvenienced until Jesus allows you to touch him. But, you can rely on the word and the purpose that lies in the Book of John to help guide you or whosoever to believe that Jesus has risen and that he rose for you. It is written, “29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” ( John 20:29 NIV) Hallelujah! You are blessed.
Good and gracious Lord. Thank you for your life and all things that you represent. Thank you for your teachings. Thank you for your presence. Thank you for sacrifices, and most of all thank you for rising of my behalf. In your name I pray. Amen.
Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
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Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie