Blessed are those who have not seen

There are so many things in our lives we have to put blind faith in in order to believe. Of course the biggest is love, and with love comes trust. When we choose to give our hearts away, we are doing so trusting that the other person is going to love us just as much as we love them.

The same process applies to the love we have for God, except with one major difference. God’s love for us is not dependent on whether or not we love Him back. He loves us no matter what. No matter how many times we lash out in anger toward Him, no matter how far away we might stray, and no matter how many times we doubt; His love remains constant and true.

Last night, after an unexpected change in plans, I got to spend the evening with a dear friend of mine. We enjoyed dinner, and then decided to go see the new movie, Risen.

The movie was about a Roman Tribune in Judea named Clavius. Set in 33 AD, he was ordered by Caesar Augustus to go find the missing body of Jesus, a man whose followers claimed to have risen from the dead.

One of the more poignant parts of the film happened when Clavius finally sees and speaks to the risen Jesus. They are sitting under a beautiful canopy of stars when Jesus tells Clavius that he had seen Him with his eyes, yet was still having trouble believing. He then quoted John 20:29, which says blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. (NKJV)

Blessed are those who have not seen, yet believe. Blind faith. The kind of faith it takes to trust and believe in something much bigger than us. Hebrews 11:1-3 states that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…by faith…so that the things which are seen, were not made of things which are visible.” (NKJV)

So what does that mean? How is it possible that something we are able to see is at the same time invisible? I think my friend summed it up perfectly for me. She said she believed that we see things much more clearly with our hearts than what we could ever see with our eyes. I don’t think there is a truer statement. Sometimes we have to let our heart lead us. We must allow our heart to become our eyes, to help us realize that some things are unexplainable, yet at the same time more real than we could ever comprehend. 

At first blind faith seems almost impossible to understand, but once our heart becomes involved, the connection just somehow clicks. I love the Voice version of Hebrews 11:1 that says Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.” That’s a great way for me to explain the love I feel for Christ. Even though I’ve never seen Him with my eyes, I know in my heart with absolute conviction, that He is a reality. When the day finally comes when I get to stand face to face with Him, I will then understand and see that all of this blind faith was truly worth it. 

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Blessed are those who have not seen

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