The Word Among Us

January 2005 Issue

Receiving the Spirit of Worship

How the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see Jesus.

One day, Jesus asked his apostles, "Who do you say that I am?" (Matthew 16:15). Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God" (16:16). After he rose from the dead, Jesus appeared to his disciples. When Thomas, who was absent, heard that Jesus had risen, he had great doubts. But Thomas was present when Jesus appeared a second time. Face-to-face with the risen Christ, Thomas could only say, "My Lord and my God" (John 20:28).

As dramatic as these stories are, they also reveal two truths that have to do with our everyday lives: First, the Holy Spirit wants to convince...

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