A Personal Confession of Wonder

Were you in church? Last week’s services were filled by many under the banner of “Christianity.” They identified with the celebration of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

scandalous-carsonDid you post? Social media was no different. Beautiful family pics in pastels along with fabulous table spreads of food filled our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.

Yet it is possible, as we look back over this special week together, to have missed the most important event of it all—a personal confession of wonder.

As I finished D.A. Carson’ Scandalous: The Cross and the Resurrection, I was struck by his words about the man labeled “Doubting Thomas.” Carson addresses the disciple’s adoration found in John 20:28, which takes place a full week after the resurrection.

Prior to Thomas’ wondrous words, the risen Jesus says “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing” (v. 27). This is when John reports the personal confession of wonder made by Thomas, “My Lord and My God!”

Thomas does not say, “Our Lord and our God,” as if he were reciting some sort of liturgical slogan. His confession is intensely personal: “My Lord and my God!” It is never enough merely to confess the truth of something that is out there in the public arena. Even the Devil himself could affirm, however begrudgingly, that Jesus is both Lord and God. But a true child of God is making more than a public statement about a public truth. The Christian is not simply affirming that Jesus Christ is Lord and God of the universe but that in the most intimate sense He is the Christian’s Lord and God. The confession is intensely personal. If you cannot utter the words of this confession with similarly deeply personal commitment, you have no part of Jesus and the salvation that flows from His death and resurrection. Your heart and mind must confess with wonder, “My Lord and My God!” (163)

Have you uttered a personal confession of wonder like that of Thomas? It’s not too late to do so.