Hersey’s Kisses had a slogan for a while: “Big things come in small packages.” I love that this one small reading from Sunday has so much packed into it. Given that it comes from the Gospel of John, it’s not that surprising. His Gospel can be read quickly to get the story, but then you can go back and sit with every sentence or two and get so much more out of it.
So, here we go to the sixth and seventh verses from last Sunday’s Gospel. At this point, Jesus has left, and the one guy who was gone, Thomas, enters the room. Wouldn’t you hate to be that guy? Talk about Fear of Missing Out. Naturally, everyone is crazy excited, but Thomas is skeptical. We have all heard the story – Doubting Thomas won’t believe until he puts his hands into Jesus’ wounds.
What’s hard to imagine is walking into a room full of people who have seen Jesus and not believing a single one of them. It’s one thing if one person tells you, but this is a lot of people saying the same thing. Why would he be so adamant in his refusal to believe them? Why would he demand such an intimate personal experience in order to believe?
Hmmm. How many of us do that? How many people do we know who can’t seem to believe our experiences until they have their own? Even when confronted with numerous witnesses, it just isn’t going to stick until it’s personal. It’s hard when someone doesn’t accept our experiences or beliefs as real. But, we’ll see tomorrow that our witness isn’t wasted.