Believing is Seeing
We need to have evidence if we’re going to believe. Missouri has been known as The Show Me State flowing from Congressman’s Vandiver’s comment, “frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me (Ashcroft)." One of our annual Christmas movies is The Santa Clause. At the North Pole Tim Allen’s character, Scott Calvin is trying to wrap his head around things as he talks to Judy an elf. He asks, “Is that a polar bear directing traffic down there? I—I see it, but I don’t believe it (Pasquin).” Judy tells him he’s missing the point and says, “Seeing isn't believing: believing is seeing. Kids don't have to see this place to know that it's here. They just… know (Pasquin).”
Keep in mind that John is not trying to replicate the stories in the other three gospels. He doesn’t refer to Jesus’ birth. He has no ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and no parables. But John goes into depth about the last night with Jesus in the upper room including chapters 13-18:12. Only John gives us this interaction between Thomas, the other disciples, and Jesus.
I believe there is subtle disbelief about Jesus’ resurrection. I know of a preacher who not only renounced any belief in God but who actively seeks to bait others into arguing with him about it. We believe, but do we believe like Thomas believed. Are we willing to follow Jesus to Jerusalem so we can die with him?