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John: As Close As Air ()

Kurt Ingram, May 21, 2017
Part of the Gospel Of John series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

After Jesus resurrection he appears to all his disciples, except Thomas. It must have been hard to be the one friend who didn't get to see Jesus. It must have been confusing, and created a deep longing to see his good friend. If you were Thomas, it would be hard to believe, you would want to see for yourself.

Thomas doubts, but so did all the other disciples throughout the story, he's not the first, but in this story he is the last. His doubt is a beautiful, truthful expression of something we all struggle with from time to time. I love this story, because I feel it. Because I doubt. I long to see more clearly, I get jealous of other peoples experiences with God that seem so real.

And then when Jesus shows up, he tells everyone who has seen him, that those who believe without seeing are truly blessed. How? How is it a blessing to believe without seeing? Is it really better? what is this blessing?

Come wrestle in this story with us, as we seek to see Jesus clearly together, and to remind each other that he is closer than the air.


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