Lectionary Year A
April 11, 1999
John 20:19-31

StepV: Hermeneutical Bridge

      Jesus went to considerable length to "convince" the disciples of his resurrection, even allowing Thomas to touch him in his wounds. Obviously, belief in the resurrection became a central feature of the faith (see apostolic preaching in Acts).
      With all the evidence of the NT and the stories about Jesus' appearances, why do we so casually disregard it as unscientific and, in some cases, optional for faith?
      The pericope and the entire Gospel are written "that we might believe..."
      Sermon should address "Why is it important that we believe in the resurrection?"

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