Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott

INTO JESUS, Vol 8 No 12

March 23, 2009

Dear Friend,

 Last week we looked at the interesting way the Gospel of John in the Greek language speaks of believing “into” Jesus and not simply believing “in” Jesus as it appears in English translations.

The idea is that our believing involves both affirming the reality of Jesus and entrusting our lives to Jesus.

Jesus loved object lessons and told many stories to help people grasp what he was teaching. After the resurrection, he offers the disciple-apostle Thomas as a wonderful object lesson.

When the reports began to surface that people had seen Jesus alive after his burial, Thomas thought those reports were crazy. He deeply doubted Jesus had been raised from the dead.

Jesus then appeared to the disciples and said to Thomas, “‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in[to] my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” Jesus invited Thomas “into” him. It is a vivid picture of believing into Jesus. Thomas gets it and responds, "My Lord and my God!" John 20:27-28

So Thomas learned to believe into Jesus, to entrust himself to Jesus. In the same way, you and I believe into Jesus as we affirm that Jesus lives and as we entrust our own lives to him and follow him.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in[to] me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in[to] me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 YES!

With joy - E. Stanley Ott
Copyright 2009 E. Stanley Ott
*Scripture from the NRSV