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Mark 15 – “Seeing is Believing” Fails at Golgotha

August 31, 2009

In Mark 15:21-32 Jesus Christ was crucified.  As he hung on the tree of curse, many mocked him.  At the most significant event in history, the chief priests ridiculed him saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself.  Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe” (31-32).

Amazingly, the Jews looked at the foolishness of the cross and demanded signs (see I Cor. 1:23-25).  One also thinks of Thomas in John 20, who needed to have his senses satisfied before he would believe.  The message of Scripture is plain – belief in the gospel of Christ crucified for sins does not come, fundamentally, by sight.

A friend of mine, who is an unbeliever, asked me how the Bible argues for the existence of God.  I responded, Scripture doesn’t argue for the existence of God, it assumes it.  Its the Word of God, the existence of the Word presumes the Speaker.  To which he responded, Well, seeing is believing.  I responded back, You will not find that phrase in the Bible.

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