“Then the other disciple went in… and he saw and believed.” (John 20:8)
As they say in the old adage, “Seeing is believing.”
In the Gospel of John, coming to belief after seeing the works of Jesus and hearing His words is a recurring theme. His disciples began to believe in Him after seeing the miracle at Cana. Many more came to believe in Him after hearing His words and what occurred with the woman at the well. Still more believed after they saw the signs Jesus performed throughout his public ministry. And in John 20:8 (quoted above), the climax of the Gospel passage many hear proclaimed on Easter Sunday, upon seeing the burial cloths, the unnamed disciple perceives and believes what has transpired — that Jesus has truly been raised from the dead, just as he said! And so began the rest of the story.
Today, that old adage is still true. Seeing is believing for so many seekers. Though the human, physical body of Jesus is long gone from our midst, through the power of the Holy Spirit, His ministry continues through the words and actions of His followers.
In the words of Jesus: “I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these.” (John 14:12)
Do you believe? Then let the Spirit of the Risen Christ shine through your life. Let your words and actions testify to the truth of His saving love so that others, too, may see and believe.
Jeannie Korte, manger of Pastoral Care
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highand