This will be the back page of the February 4, 2018 (Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, year B) bulletin at Fishkill United Methodist Church.
Of the twelve disciples, Nathaniel must be my favorite. Perhaps it is because he was, by tradition, the scholar of the group. But then again, he, along with Thomas, went to Georgia.
I suppose that Thomas should be one of my favorites as well. While he has been labeled “doubting”, his request to see Jesus’ wounds was, in the classic sense, the mark of a scientist, of not making a decision until the observations were completed. Of course, Jesus pointed out to Thomas that there would be many who would believe without the visual evidence that he requested.
But how was it that those individuals came to believe? They had to see for themselves what it is that Jesus Christ could do. From the very beginning of His ministry, people heard the Good News that Jesus was preaching and saw the miracles that He performed. Time and time again, the people saw what He did. He did not tell them to believe; he gave them the reason to believe. Paul did not simply tell the people they had to believe; he, too, gave them reasons through his own life and actions to believe.
All we need to, as Isaiah reminds us with the Old Testament reading for today, is look around and we see the works of God. Each discovery we make, be it here on this planet or deep in space, shows us the grandeur of God’s work and encourages us to seek more knowledge, more knowledge about the world and the people who live on this planet, more knowledge about God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Our job is not to tell people about Jesus; our job is to live the sort of life that indicates the presence of Christ in us. Our job is to live the sort of life that will cause others to seek Christ.