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NO DOUBT ABOUT IT (Mar 27)
Thomas has been the victim of a lot of bad press. OK,so his reputation isn't bad as Judas, who betrayed Jesus. He might not rank with Peter,who denied Christ three time on the eve of His crucifixion. But Thomas is usually classed among the bad guys of the disciples, the twelve men who were the closest to Jesus during His three of ministry
Thomas owes that bad boy reputation to an incident following Jesus' resurrection. Jesus appeared to the disciple behind closed doors. But Thomas was not with them. When they told Thomas the news of Jesus resurrection, he replies "Unless I see the marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were and, put my hands into his side, I will believe." (John 20:25)
When Jesus later appeared to Thomas, the Lord said, ' Put your finger here, see my hands. Reach your hand and put in my side. Stop doubting and believe." (John 20:27)
Many people how ever when they read the those words come down hard on Thomas because of his doubt. In so doing, they forget that none of the other disciples believed until they too, had seen the evidence of the resurrection. Everyone else had already seen the evidence of His resurrection. Everyone else had already seen his hands and side. What's more Jesus did not say to Thomas, "You should have never doubted," Instead He showed His disciples and then they stopping doubting." And when Thomas did see the evidence (the bible does not say whether he touched Jesus as he has insisted as necessary, He uttered one of the greatest confessions of faith in history, calling Jesus, "my Lord and my God!"
For some reason. we've let ourselves Thomas was the bad boy. Real Christians don't doubt we say. To me that is a myth
Doubt is not the opposite of faith, it is the forerunner of faith. Doubt does not cancel faith, it should give away to faith. In fact in Thomas's case, doubt can be the impetus that leads one to the truth
There is more faith is an honest doubt. Faith grows through seeking the truth, and the seeker must ask questions, and questioning implies "honest doubt."
The Thomas Myth that real Christian don't doubt, does not come form the bible. The lesson to learn form Thomas's experience are that doubt is natural,that we can be honest about our doubts, and that honest doubt should give way to faith when Jesus reveals the truth to us
The Simplicity of Salvation
Salvation has been confused with religion. Religion is worshiping something. Salvation is having Christ in your heart. Almost all people are religious , but few be there that find that "straight and narrow way that leads to everlasting life. Salvation is the most expensive thing known to mankind, and yet it is the freest thing on earth. It is so plain that a child can understand it. A hobo in rags may have it for the asking. My! what a wonderful Salvation we have to offer to this sin-sick world
I'm glad " that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." I'm glad it is " not whosoever feeleth a certain way has a certain emotional experience-or he who tarries long and prays loud."
Salvation as I said before is the most expensive thing on earth because it cost Heaven the most precious gem there. It cost God His only Son. I don't really know how to appreciate the verse that tells God ao love the world that He gave His only begotten Son. God gave his son, the best He had-all He had. So it coast God all He had so that it was possible to obtain our salvation. And that is not all. It cost His Son, Jesus, all that he had to the last very drop of blood in His precious body. It cost Him , His place at the right hand of the Father. The ivory palaces were exchanged for a sheep shed and his foster father's carpenter shop. The sweet music of heaven and the angels were exchanged for the hisses and cutting remarks of the Pharisees-that Christ- hating gang of religionists.My ! what a price Jesus paid for salvation. The he was nailed to the cross, but halleliuah He carried my and your sins with Him there.
Yes, Salvation is plain, simple and free: but it took Calvary with all it's suffering and shame to make this wonderful Salvation possible for poor sinners like you and I. No mortal can be free from their sins unless the cleansing blood of Jesus has been applied to their heart.
There are many ways to a city. There are many routes to take, but there is only one way to get to get to the city of God. And that is God's way. The Devil has built many side roads and tracks but they will all lead you to the region of the damned. Some of them are inviting. Some look good at the start,but the end of the side tracks of the Devil are wind up in hell.
Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life: No man cometh unto the Father but by me." There is the gospel in a nutshell. If you are going to heaven you must know the way to God's celestial city there is only way , Jesus., "I am the way."
I am afraid that we as the church have organized, committeeized, and standaredized Christ out of our program, and He stands at the door knocking, seeking entrance, but He gets a cold shoulder. If some saints does shoe a sign of emotion and enthusiasm, a damper is put on immediately before fanticism tears up the program.
Frankly I think the Devil is sick of these little sissy, pammy-mammy sermons that preachers have substituted for the real Gospel. These sermons are aimed at nothing, therefore it hits nothing-nobody gets saved-nobody gets mad, not even the Devil. There was a time when souls would run to the altar, weeping over their sins. Has the Gospel lost it's power? NO! The gospel when preached in it's purity and simplicity, will still melt the heart of the stoney heart of a sinner. The trouble with most of the preaching today, we are trying to dynamite the boulders of sin with firecrackers sermons. When we should use the Gospel of God's marvelous grace. Man;s ways changed. God 's has not. He's program is still the same.
Most modern preachers and Christians will set in front of their T.V. sets and cry crocodile tears over some adulterer adulteress, fornications, homosexual movies, but will not shed one tear over poor souls dying and going to hell. If you ask me, they need another dip and i don't mean snuff. They need a plunge beneath the blood of Jesus. We are very excited about unimportant things of life in this fickle age. God help us to become concerned about the lost around us. Let us go back to the simplicity of life