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Do not doubt, but believe

John’s story of Thomas’ encounter with the risen Jesus comes around every year on the Sunday following Easter Day – John 20:19-31. Thomas wasn’t there when the risen Jesus miraculously passed through locked doors and appeared before his frightened disciples on that first Easter. When his colleagues told him excitedly that they had seen the Lord, he thought they were victims of some kind of mass delusion. “Unless I see the marks of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails, and my hand in his side, I will not believe,” he said. I can understand Thomas’ need for factual verification. He had been travelling in the company of Jesus for three years, sharing meals, sleepin

Easter changes how we live in the world

They watched him die – hanging from a cross and gasping for air. They heard him call out with the last bit of energy he could muster, "It is finished!" He was dead. The day was just dawning when the Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to Jesus' grave. The last 48 hours had been a nightmare for them. Jesus’ death turned their hope into despair, their joy into grief and their faith into uncertainty. Only their love for him survived. Jesus was crucified like an ordinary criminal. Of course, they’d hoped for a last minute miracle, as people often do, when they have to face death. However, he died just like the two criminals next to him. On arriving at the tomb there was a great earthquake. An

The world is now a different place

Eight days that changed the world! That’s what Holy Week has been called which centres around the death and resurrection of Jesus. The world is now a different place because of those eight days. It began on Palm Sunday when Jesus rode on a donkey, down the slopes of the Mount of Olives, to enter the holy city of Jerusalem. ‘Hosanna!’ the people shouted – ‘Save now!’ The reputation of Jesus had spread. Recently, he had produced the mightiest miracle he had ever done. He raised Lazarus to life who had been dead four days with a terrible stench. The crowd wanted to see more miracles. They wanted to see another deaf person hear. They wanted to see a blind man be given sight. They wanted to see

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