The Road to Resurrection
by Mike Herrnstein
As we celebrate and reflect upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ, John 20:27 holds significant meaning for me:
“Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and examine my hands. Extend your hand and put it into my side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.'”
The resurrected Jesus continued to carry His wounds in spite of the perfection His resurrected body displayed. What does that tell us when we resurrect in this life? Along the way we often fall to physical and emotional injury. And in our recovery and healing we seem to come out stronger spiritually. Yet, memory of the fall goes with us. Sometimes that can haunt us for a lifetime. Ask anyone who is in long-term recovery for addiction, for example.
As a believer, I call upon Jesus to guide me through the process of overcoming fear and frustration along this road to resurrection. He paved the way in His own resurrection, displaying the first fruits of what is to come. If we believe in our mind, heart, and body, He will come alongside to show us the way. Will I heal from these sores that have me in bed all but four hours a week? Will I find joy in the boredom that brings? Will I walk again in this life? All unanswered questions. The only certainty is that Jesus will be there along the way.
I believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.