Wednesday, August 30

Matthew 27:50-54 (ESV)

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son[a] of God!”


Reflection

There are so many things in life that we feel we need proof to believe. If we see something crazy, funny, or awe-inspiring, we whip out our cell phone and snap a photo to share to prove we saw what we saw. If we get double-charged on a bill, we are able to print our bank statement to show proof that it was paid. When the doctor asks you to lower your cholesterol, you are able to go back in a few weeks and with testing, show him proof that you’re working on it. In my math class, I don’t get credit for the problem I solve unless I attach my scratch paper to show proof that I understand what I am doing.

I once had a really in-depth, open, friendly discussion with an atheist who asked me, “How can you believe something without proof?” My answer was to simply ask them to pick up a Bible and try to understand that I have faith. Have I physically seen God standing before me? No. But, every single day I see him through all the promises he's kept, through the sun shining, through the news of a birth, through the promise of baptism, and, most of all, through prayer.

I imagine that is how some of the people of Jerusalem felt when the saints were resurrected. Believers and non-believers were filled with awe and said, “This was certainly God’s Son.”


Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for always showing me that you are there for me and that I am not alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Amanda Lawler Office and Communications Assistant alawler@stjohns-springfield.org