Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Key verse: (17) “When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted.”
Reflection: It was the first encounter the disciples had with the Risen Christ. Matthew tells us some worshiped him, but some doubted. Can you blame those who doubted? Resurrection. It is beyond our comprehension. So, no wonder “some doubted” this was the same Jesus, the crucified one, who had been buried.
One scholar claims that this text may be read, “When they saw him, they worshiped him and they doubted.” I wonder if that is the way it is with us. We worship God who has encountered us in Jesus the Christ. Yet, even as we do so, do we also doubt, doubt that one could be raised from the dead, doubt that the Jesus who was crucified is now present and is the savior of the world? Do we worship and doubt all at the same time?
If that is the way it is with us, we may take heart. For Jesus comes to those who worship him and to those who doubt him. It is these worshipers and these doubters that he trusts to be his agents in this world. To the worshipers and doubters alike he gives the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. To the worshipers and doubters alike he promises to be with them to the end of the age.
So, do you doubt that Jesus is Lord? If we are honest we are bound to admit we indeed doubt, doubt a lot. The opposite of faith is not doubt. It is apathy — not caring. If we doubt that means we are wrestling with the gospel truth that “He is risen and rules the world with truth and grace.”
So we worship and doubt. That is okay with Jesus. Let it therefore be okay with us this day.
Prayer: Lord, we believe. Help thou our unbelief. Amen.
Author: Pete Peery
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].