When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.Matthew 28:17
From the time the precious baby was born into this world to the very end of His life, people doubted that Jesus really was the Messiah. Perhaps it all seemed too ordinary or too good to be true. Remember “doubting Thomas”? Jesus never called him that. Thomas’ doubt at seeing the risen Jesus just days after he witnessed Him dying on a Roman cross gave voice to what many disciples were thinking: “How could this be?” Jesus pressed His followers saying, “Why are you troubled and why do doubts rise in your minds” (Luke 24:38)? Even at the end of Jesus’ ministry as Matthew records it, He spoke the words of the Great Commission while still some doubted.
During this Advent Adventure, we, too, may experience doubts about a virgin birth, a supernatural star, or angel appearances. Jesus understands doubters and holds out His nail-scarred hands to us. Our sin drove him to the cross, but it was His love for us that held Him there. Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus—boundless and free— that draws us without a doubt to the manger!
“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” (Paul Tillich)