O ye of little faith.
February 8, 2015
Jesus only said that to his disciples, not the multitudes in general. They were his students, his dear friends and closest companions. They knew him the best, and even could do some of the works that he did. They had the deepest understanding of his theology of anyone. And yet, he knew – of all people – they should have more faith.
Sometimes though, much of what Jesus taught them seemed like theory. He talked of things, and did things they simply couldn’t comprehend. And, since he was there to do everything for them, they just didn’t quite connect the dots the way he’d like them to. He was going to be around forever, right? They had plenty of time!
All too soon, he was taken from them. And it felt very permanent. The disciples even feared for their own lives. Going back to fishing seemed like a practical – and perhaps the only – option. Yet, when Jesus presented himself to them, risen and alive, after the crucifixion, his teachings were no longer theory but demonstrable Christianity. And he expected them to go into all the world and do as he had done. (Mark 16:15) Talk about a job requiring a lot of faith!
Mary Baker Eddy explains it this way, in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She writes, “His resurrection was also their resurrection. It helped them to raise themselves and others from spiritual dulness and blind belief in God into the perception of infinite possibilities.” p.34
Is our faith too little? Jesus’ resurrection was not just for his disciples but for all mankind, and for all time. The very fact that he overcame the last enemy (see 1 Cor. 15:26) and expected us to do the same (see John 14:12) indicates that our spiritual dullness and blind belief in God can melt away too. The Apostle Paul was convinced that Jesus’ resurrection was real and repeatable and it was a major piece of his preaching. You’ll find it throughout many of his letters.
How are you understanding and practicing the resurrection in your life? How are you overcoming and transforming your lack of faith in Jesus’ word and works? How are you growing beyond reading the words to proving their principle?
When Jesus said “O ye of little faith” to his disciples, it wasn’t so much a criticism as a means of waking them up to accept the possibility of what Jesus was doing. Let that same wake-up call be like a resurrection to you, helping you to shake off the routine and rise into the heavenly fresh; to look away from the fear-induced impossibility, lifting your eyes to the all-things-are-possible-to-Love reality.
O ye of little faith is for those who do not know the risen Christ. Get to know him and let your life be filled with his salvation. Let your faith make you whole.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.