The Greatest Rumor Ever Told
Think back to the last time you heard a rumor. Was it a good one? It might have been, but there’s a good chance it probably wasn’t. Rumors tend to spread bad news.
“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” (Jn 20:1–2)
Mary, looking to perfume Jesus’ body, arrives at the tomb shocked to find that the tomb is open and without checking assumes someone stole Jesus’ body. She immediately goes to tell the disciples. So Peter and John run to the tomb to check out this rumor. Now in the days that follow Jesus shows up to both Mary and the disciples to confirm that He is not dead but indeed risen from the dead!
“Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin , was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’”
Yet, when Jesus shows up it seems Thomas is not with them. So the disciples do what we would expect, they tell Thomas that they’ve seen Jesus. They report to Thomas that they’ve seen Jesus, they’ve touched Him, that He is not dead but alive!! Thomas doesn’t believe this report. He stubbornly refuses to believe them, informing them he’ll never believe their rumor until he gets to feel Jesus wounds for himself.
Later when Jesus appears and lets Thomas see that this rumor is true, Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (Jn 20:29) You see, we are blessed to believe by faith the greatest rumor ever told, that Jesus didn’t stay dead. He rose from the dead! Jesus says we are blessed to have to believe by faith and not by sight. Jesus declares a blessing for us who have to believe the Gospel by faith, the greatest rumor ever told.