Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church April 2018
BELIEVING IS SEEING
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1
“I’ll believe it when I see it.” That is basically what Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, said. The Monday after Jesus’ death, his fellow disciples came up to him and said that Jesus had risen from the dead. He had appeared to them the night before.
“Yeah, right, I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Well, Jesus allowed him to see it the next week. Jesus appeared to Thomas. He showed him the wounds in his hands and side. He let Thomas touch his hands to see that he was real. When Thomas saw Jesus, he believed.
But Jesus told him, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Right now we can’t see God. We can’t see the heaven that he won for us. We have no physical evidence to prove that Jesus died for our sins.
Yet the Holy Spirit through God’s Word leads us to believe that it’s true. And so, believing is seeing.
In fact, when it comes to heaven and who enters that wonderful place, that’s where the phrase “believing is seeing” really applies! “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” THE Bible tells us. (Mark 16:16)
That’s where the Gospel in Word and Sacrament comes into play. Through these “means of grace” God the Holy Spirit works faith to believe even what we have not yet seen, or felt, or experienced.
If you’re struggling right now with believing there is no better place to be seen than in God’s house where you can hear God’s Word so that you can grow in believing.
Through the Word, the Holy Spirit opens our eyes of faith to see what our human eyes cannot see. Through the Word, we can see the heaven that is waiting for us. Believing is seeing. Heavenly Father, as my eyes of faith see the miraculous resurrection of your Son, Jesus, strengthen my faith so that every day I rest secure knowing that heaven has been won for me. Amen.
Birthdays This Month April
Delores Wasserman 3 Linda Tesch 6
Norma Houfek 9 Kara Ellis 10
Heidi Brase 12 Samuel Sulzle 13
Lori Landis 13 Lisa Belz 13
Dietrich Brase 14 Albert Jacobsen 18
Daina Kauk 19 Warren Kirk 23
Caleb Jung 23 Liz Satherwaite 25
Eddie Walters 28 Kyle Kemnitz 29
Leonard & Delores Wasserman 16
Tony & Jenn Wilken 16
Russ & Nicole Hopwood 19
Deb & Gary Wilken 24
Ushers: John & Will Costin, Tom Monroe, CJ Kemnitz (Early)
Rich Yeager, Brandon Satterwaite, Scott Raasch, Jerry Mattox (Late)
Altar Care: Beth Ferrell, Chris3tine Smith (Early)
Heidi Brase, Tiffany Beiermann (Late)
Richie (D) 04/07
Kemnitz (U) 04/07
Raasch (N) 04/07
Rassmussen Eric (D) 04/14
Rassmussen N (U) 04/14
Sadler (N) 04/14
Satterthwaire J. & K. (D) 04/21
Smith (U) 04/21
Stribley (N) 04/21
Tesch (D) 04/28
Uphoff (U) 04/28
Walters (N) 04/28