So much has happened and yet……

So much has happened and yet nothing happened. That makes sense to me but probably not to you. So here goes. Back in late January we started talking to Gary, a real estate guy that attends our church, about the possibility of selling our home and moving closer to church and family. All told, this move would be around 30 mile closer to Kingsport, Tn. which would accomplish the goal of being closer to church and family. We had discussed this move for years and decided that the time was right to try this. So we put the house on the market and in just two weeks we had a contract.  Not just an offer, but a contract.

We rented a storage building and started to move out. Then we got the phone call that our sale was off. The  buyers couldn’t get their loan. Still ain’t sure how they came to us pre-approved and then changed to un-approved, but it happened. So that’s what I mean when I say so much has happened but yet nothing happened.

Now we don’t know whether to move our stuff back in and then have to move out again when/if our house sells, or just move it back in and forget the whole thing. Really weird but it seems par for the course for me.

There’s another point in time when the phrase “so much has happened and yet nothing happened” could have been uttered by people concerning the life and death of Jesus. The crowds seen Him heal the sick, bring sight to the blind and restore walking to the lame, yet when the time came, they all turned their back on Him and cried “Crucify Him'”. Even his disciples who had followed his every move lost sight of who He truly was and is today. I wonder if maybe one of them, possibly Thomas, could have looked at the cross that day and uttered those words “so much has happened and yet nothing happened” as he thought back over the weeks and months of following Jesus, seeing all the miracles and then watching as Jesus was beaten, and then crucified. I wonder if Thomas was left trying to figure out how Jesus seemed to have so much power, yet was subject to death. No doubt he walked away from the cross that day with his life having been changed by what he had seen both of the miracles and the death of Jesus. He had to have been trying to piece it all together. So much power, and yet they crucified Him on a cross.

For Thomas the wondering ended when Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection. According to John chapter 20, the disciples were inside with the doors locked when Jesus appeared to them and said “Peace to you” and He showed them his hands and the wound in his side. But Thomas wasn’t with them. They told him about this but he said he would not believe unless he seen it him self. So the next day Jesus appeared to them again. Same way because they were inside, doors locked and Jesus appeared to them. But this time Thomas was there. And Jesus invited Him to “put your finger here and observe my hands, put your hand in my side.”  Thomas knew then that he was the one that was wrong. So much had happened, including the greatest victory that the world had ever seen. Jesus had defeated death. HE alone had wiped out the strong hold that sin had placed on this world.

Many people today do and think the same thing. They don’t know how to balance the power of God with the death of  Jesus on the cross. If only they would look into the purpose and the power of Jesus’ death. They know that Jesus was crucified. They’ve heard all about that. It’s not that big a deal. But can you imagine how Thomas felt when he got the invitation to put his finger here and to place his hand inside Jesus’ side and he experienced the sudden realization that Jesus had defeated death? The invitation is still there today. Seek Him and ask Him and experience Him. It’s your choice.

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9-10