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Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

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Written by Peter Langbroek
Behold means:
á to consider
á to gaze upon with amazement
á look me in the eye--what I have to tell you is worth listening to!
á look at that! That's an awesome sight!

Good Friday and Easter are days of beholding, looking at the cross, the crown of thorns, and the empty tomb. It means looking at Jesus' suffering and dying, and looking at Him, risen from the tomb.

But you say, how can I behold something I can't see?

Come with me to a crowded room. I'll show you what I mean. The disciples of Jesus are stunned and trembling. The room is full of energetic talk. In comes Thomas. "Thomas," one wide-eyed man says to him, "we have seen the Lord!" Thomas, tired and broken down, responds in disbelief. He says: "Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe" (John 20:25).

For a week, Thomas grieved. He missed His Lord. All was bleak and hopeless. Then, on the eighth day, the disciples came into the room again.

Come with me. Let's look! The doors were locked because the disciples feared the Jews. They're talking. Stop! Look! There is Jesus! Notice the look on the disciples' faces. They gaze on Him. But, notice, Jesus is looking at Thomas. He says, "Reach hither thy finger, and BEHOLD my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing" (John 20:27). Thomas answered Jesus, "My Lord and my God."

But you say, "I could not see anything you told me." Let me ask you this then, "Do you believe?" If you do, read Jesus' response to Thomas' confession, "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." (John 20:29).

Behold, O behold Jesus Christ, the Lord. Behold, He is the One That we adore!

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