Posted by: matt25 | May 29, 2014

Ascension and Doubt

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Do you have complete and perfect belief in the faith that has been handed on to you, or do you occasionally have some reservations? Can followers of Jesus have doubts and still really be his followers?

Yes, they can. Let’s take a look at the Gospel for the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord:

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Matt 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

They worshiped, but they doubted. So even these, the eleven disciples who walked with him and experienced his miracles, who shared meals and conversation with Jesus after he rose from the dead, experienced doubt. So don’t be too hard on yourself. Rather, do what they did. Gather together in prayer and wait for the Holy Spirit to give you that gift of faith. Use all of your mind, heart and strength to prepare yourself for the coming of the Holy Spirit that we will celebrate at Pentecost, knowing that faith is a gift, not something that can be secured on the strength of anything that we can do on our own.

Be encouraged that the path that you are on has been walked by sinner saints for over two thousand years. Continue to worship, and whenever you have doubts, pray the fervent prayer of the boy’s father in Mark Chapter 9, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”.

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  1. Very interesting!


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