The Fourth Sunday after Easter
May 15, 2022
(Second in a Series)
Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV) “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Aren’t you surprised that Matthew tells us of “the eleven” that “they worshiped him; but some doubted”? These are the apostles! They had been with him for most of his ministry! Yet even after he rose from the dead, some had doubts!
This is the same word used of Peter when Jesus was walking on the water when “the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.” Matthew 14:24 (NIV) At Jesus’ invitation “Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’” Matthew 14:29-31 (NIV)
But don’t we often have doubts about what God can do for us? God is able to do far more than we might imagine. We need to pray as did the man who questioned Jesus’ power to heal: "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" Mark 9:24 (NIV)
O Lord, give us faith to believe and not doubt! This we ask through Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord.