“Blessed are those who have not seen, yet believe.”

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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Miracles do happen!

Scientists and doctors don’t know it all.  Not even close.

Many times they give us all the impression that they do, but “they don’t know what they don’t know.”

Sh*t happens.  Miracles happen…, every day and all of the time.

Here are just a couple of recent examples:

T. Scott Marr suffered a stroke on December 12, 2018.  His son, Drew, found his father unresponsive, but still breathing, in his bed.  He was rushed to the Hospital and placed on a breathing machine in intensive care.

The doctors there were worried that his case had led to an irreversible process, leading to brain death.

Mr. Marr’s children decided to pull the plug after he was officially declared brain dead. They all said their final good-byes and were preparing his funeral services.

But God apparently had a different plan for Mr. Marr.  After being unconscious for two days, and having his breathing tubes pulled out, he unexpectedly woke up after his doctors thought there was no hope of recovery.

“Each time we would leave the hospital, we would kind of say our final goodbyes,” his daughter, Preston, told Fox News. “We thought we would never hear his voice again, see him open his eyes, and see who we were.”

But all that changed after the plug was pulled.  Preston was the first to see him begin to miraculously respond.

“It was surreal and my heart is beating out of my chest just thinking about it again,” she said, “I keep replaying it in my head of him lying in his hospital bed, then smiling, and then moving his thumbs and then wiggling his toes, and then saying ‘I love you.’”

Now, he’s recovering at home after weeks of therapy at an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital, and says his miraculous recovery after being declared brain dead is “proof” of God.

“This whole thing has been a miracle from God,” Mr. Marr told local television station KMTV. “I did not die. I didn’t have to die. I’m back here, and I hope to give people some comfort and hope that if they are, in fact, going through anything like that, that it’s a safe place.”

In the two days Marr was unconscious, he said he had what some might call a “near-death experience.”  He saw his late father walking along the street.

“He said, ‘What are you doing here?’ And I said I’m looking to work and he said, ‘There’s no work here, you better get your butt home,’” Marr told local reporters.

Marr says the entire process strengthened what little faith he had.

“I’m not an extremely religious person. I don’t go to church every Sunday,” Marr told the World-Herald. “But I do believe in God.  I believe with all my heart.  And now this is just proof for me that everything I’ve ever heard is true.  That he loves me.  That he’s right there for me.  It was pretty much a miracle.”

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A Michigan woman also miraculously started breathing after her “plug was pulled” and she was taken off of life support.

In August of 2018, Michele DeLeeuw was having a heart attack when her husband Karl dialed 911.  She wasn’t breathing and he didn’t know CPR.

“I think she just died.  Hang on please,” he said to the 911 operator.

The operator managed to coach Karl through CPR, which gave his wife at least a chance at survival.

Michelle remained unconscious for three weeks after her arrival at the hospital…, that was until just after the plug on her life support was pulled.

Just moments after the Sterling Heights, Michigan man made the heart-wrenching decision to take his apparently brain-dead wife off life support…, she started breathing.  Nearly four months later and against all odds, she is home making a full recovery.

Karl DeLeeuw believes his wife, Michele, is a living miracle.

“I just thank God that I was saved,” she told the local news. “I was spared.  I know [this] means something.  Something good is going to come out of this.”

Miracles do happen.

Believe it.

Expect miracles in your life, and God will make them happen…, if that is His will.  None of us knows what God’s plans are for us.  Just know that God can make anything happen at any time.

Believe it.

The worst thing we can do is just accept a fate given to us by anyone other than God.

 

Thank you to Caleb Parke, an associate editor for FoxNews.com and The Associated Press for contributing to this article.

 

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