April 11, 2021

Bearing Witness

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Passage: 1 John 1:1-2:2, John 20:19-31
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Thomas was not with the ten other disciples who met Jesus on Easter evening.  He said he would not believe Jesus was alive again until he had seen, and touched him.  After touching his wounds he expresses faith that Jesus is indeed God incarnate.  Jesus adds a blessing on all who do not see, but still believe.  The only way they could know what to believe is if the disciples tell them what they have experienced.  In 1 John the author stresses that he was a witness who had heard, seen and touched the Lord.  He goes on to talk of light versus darkness, and the pervasiveness of sin.  He then says Christ is the only one who can cure our sin. In other words John is bearing witness.

Confession

God of all grace and mercy, You have showered Your love upon us.  Yet too often we forget, or begin to doubt our experience of Your love.  As Thomas doubted your resurrection, we listen to the world saying such love couldn’t possible exist.  We look at our human relationships and feel that Your love must have strings attached.  We look at our own lives and wonder how You could love us. Forgive our doubts, and help us accept the gifts of Your love and Your grace.

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