Reading: Matthew 28: 16-20
Verse 17: When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted.
The disciples had to be elated that Jesus had conquered the grave and was alive forevermore. All that He said came true. They followed Jesus’ instructions to the women and have gone to Galilee. There they too meet the risen Lord. Their first reaction was to worship Jesus. It is the natural reaction to seeing someone that has been so meaningful and life-changing to the disciples. It would be our reaction too if the risen Jesus appeared to us.
But Matthew goes on – “but some doubted”. It is the same doubt I would have if someone rang the doorbell and said they were there to deliver the new car I had just won in the raffle. Even if I could see it sitting in the driveway, there would be doubt in my mind. Even if I could remember buying some raffle tickets, there would still be a feeling that it could not really be happening.
Yes, they had spent three years with Jesus and, yes, He said He would return to them and, yes, they could see Jesus standing right there in front of them. But some doubted. Yes, I can remember feeling Jesus’ presence when I accepted Him as Lord. Yes, I can remember the presence of God in that hospital room that day. Yes, I can recall time after time after time when the Holy Spirit has been active in my life. But at times I too doubt. At times I allow the cares and worries of the world to creep in and to win out. At times I too doubt.
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”. Lord Jesus, be near to me, remove my doubt, fill me with your presence and love this day. Allow me to walk boldly with you, bearing light to the world this day. Amen.