I especially think about these words of Jesus, spoken to “doubting” Thomas, when I reflect on Easter, Jesus’ death, and Jesus’ resurrection.
The number of people who actually knew Jesus, or knew of Jesus, at the time was relatively small.
Yet, look at how the size of His “flock” has grown, after He physically left us.
Who’s following grows like that after the fact?
According to the Pew Research Center, “Christians remained the largest religious group in the world in 2015, making up nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people.”
That’s, approximately, 2.5 billion people today!
So, after 2,000 years, the number of Jesus’ followers has gone from maybe a few thousand to 2.5 billion people!
It seems to me that, in itself, is a real miracle.
Just think if everyone was like one of Jesus’ own apostles, Thomas.
Thomas refused to believe Jesus was raised from the dead, unless he could see him, talk to him, and actually feel the nail holes in His hands, himself.
I guess Thomas’ doubting nature was really for the benefit of all of those who would not have that opportunity.
If even Thomas was convinced that Jesus rose from the dead, that says a lot.
As Christians, we have to remember that Jesus had to die.
Jesus being put to death on that cross was all a part of God’s plan to symbolically represent Jesus paying for the sins of all of the rest of us.
We can’t hold Pontius Pilate, the Jewish High Priest, Caiaphas, the Jewish Sanhedrin (The Sanhedrin was the assembly of Jewish elders, who were appointed to sit as a tribunal in every city in the Land of Israel, in this case, Jerusalem), the Roman soldiers, or even the Jewish people, responsible for Jesus’ death.
They were all just doing what had to be done.
They were all just playing the parts that were required for the death of Jesus to occur.
If Jesus wasn’t put to death, our sins would not have been absolved, and he could not have been raised from the dead, completing God’s plan.
So, after Jesus’ resurrection and His ascension into Heaven, the disciples, minus Judas, ventured off into the world to spread Jesus’ teachings, establish the Christian Church, and testify to the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
It’s amazing when you stop to think about it.
The disciples did not coerce, bribe, or threaten people into becoming a “Christian.”
They simply echoed Jesus’ words and teachings of Loving God and loving each other.
These are not concepts people would typically embrace, being mostly selfish in nature.
But, regardless, look at how many people have since accepted God The Father, Jesus as their Savior, and the power of The Holy Spirit!
So, yes, “Blessed are those who have not seen, yet believe.”
All two and a half billion of us.
Hopefully, this blog may reach and possibly add a few to our number!
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