Leaving Room for the Miraculous


We use our googlers more than our brains sometimes. And so, when something completely confounds our knowledge base, we doubt. It doesn’t compute. Leave room for faith. Leave room for visits by the resurrected Lord. Leave room for the things Jesus promised…

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
Luke 24:36-43

The disciples of Jesus were talking about Jesus’ encounter with the two followers on the road to Emmaus. As they were talking about it, Jesus appeared among them. “Peace be with you…” Really?!? Peace? A dead man appears among us and we are supposed to be at peace? We’re freaked out. We’re scared. This is a ghost.

Jesus understood their fear and he offered for them to touch him to prove he was not a ghost. Specifically, Jesus showed them his hands and his feet. His scars from the crucifixion were proof of his identity. He even ate something. “Why are you troubled and why do doubts rise in your minds?”

Good question. Why do we doubt? Why do we question?

In the case of the disciples, they had seen miracle after miracle. They of all people should have not been surprised. They saw Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead. They saw him raise the girl and heal the blind and disabled and sick.

They also watched the crucifixion. They saw Jesus being tortured before he died on the cross. There was no way in their minds that anyone could ever come back from that…

Today we doubt because of the internet. I’m convinced. Every fact or piece of knowledge that we want to look up or find or use to support our opinions is there on the internet. We use our googlers more than our brains. And so, when something completely confounds our knowledge base, we doubt. It doesn’t compute.

I just hope we haven’t googled ourselves to a place where there is no room for faith. Or that when we are blessed to meet the Saviour face to face we can’t believe it’s him. So much of Jesus’ interaction with people included encouragement to have greater faith.

Leave room for faith. Leave room for visits by the resurrected Lord. Leave room for the things Jesus promised.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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