Miraculous & Mysterious Things

The stone was rolled away.
Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, Rabbouni” (which means Teacher). (John 20:16 CEB)

Mary was in the presence of the transforming Jesus.
Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” (John 20:18a CEB)

The risen Christ appeared to the disciples in hiding.
He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20:22 CEB)

But Thomas wasn’t there.
But he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger in the wounds left by the nails, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.”  (John 20:25b CEB)

After eight days the risen Christ appeared again saying, “peace be with you.”
He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!” (John 20:27 CEB)

Miraculous and mysterious things occurred.
We doubt and believe. We doubt and worship. We gather to grow and learn and be transformed through doubt & questioning.

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Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. The former pastor of the Condon United Church of Christ, Tim recently began serving the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in Easter, Eastertide, John, John 20, John 20:19-31, New Testament, Uncategorized

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