Just as now, there was something in the story of Easter to doubt. To put it another way: there was something in the story that reached the deepest places of their hearts and minds where both doubt and faith are found. In the resurrection God gave us such a miracle of love and forgiveness that it is worthy of faith, and so open to doubt. The place to begin in the life of faith is not in those things we never doubt. In fact, realities about which we hold no doubt may not be large enough to reveal God to us. Easter is too mighty to be caught or bounded by certainty – too wonderful to be found only within the borders of our imaginations.
Maybe this is why the world has had very little success in commercializing Easter, as it has Christmas. Everyone can relate to a little baby, but how do you get a handle on this? You can’t. Resurrection isn’t available for our use. It’s exclusively God’s operation.
In this season of Eastertide I pray that your faith may not be limited to what you don’t doubt, but that you throw your hearts into that new and life-giving place where God is operating in you. All of us have doubts; God isn’t limited by them, and we shouldn’t be either. A growing faith isn’t based on certainty but on trust and commitment.
In Resurrection Joy,