What a Relief it Is!

"He saw, and he believed"

John 20:8
Acts 10:34,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9

Sermon Week/Year

Easter Sunday, C

There’s a story about a hermit who ventured out to experience the circus he saw from his mountain perch, coming to town. He stood before the camel’s cage, gaping at the strange beast within. He wondered in silence as he examined every detail of the camel’s crooked legs, cloven hoofs, sleepy eyes, and a humped back. He continued to gaze for a long time. Finally, he turned away with an air of disgust and muttered, “They can’t fool me. There ain’t no such animal!”

We all have our moments of extreme skepticism — times when it seems that we are being asked to believe the unbelievable, times when it appears that we are being asked to stretch the laws of reason to the breaking point. Moreover, in the realm of faith, we find ourselves being pushed beyond the limits of ordinary logic. We should be skeptical when someone claims to have discovered a new meaning for a passage in Scripture that no one else has…

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