Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the very foundation of the Christian faith. As Paul puts it in I Corinthians 15:
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (I Corinthians 15:17-20, ESV)
The resurrection appearance on which the fourth installment of this series is based almost raises more questions than it answers. Jesus makes a special appearance just for the disciples known as Doubting Thomas. Where was Thomas when Jesus appeared to all the other disciples? Why didn’t Thomas believe the other disciples when they told him that Jesus had risen? Did Thomas really stick his hand into Jesus’ side like he said he must in order to believe? Why are those who believe without seeing blessed?
But then this story also gives us one of the clearest confessions of faith in Jesus in all of Scripture, Thomas’s exclamation, “My Lord and my God!”