“Get Smart” was one of my favorite shows growing up. There were some great lines,… “sorry about that chief,” “Missed it by that Much,” and “the old ____ trick.” One of my favorite skits was a sequence, “Would you Believe.” What made Get Smart’s, “Would you Believe” routine funny was the fact that Maxwell Smart was attempting to strike fear into the heart of his adversary by bluffing. In times of trouble he would announce a projected result. But the response was skepticism. The dialogue would usually go something like this….
“Right now would you believe we are surrounded by 100’s of highly trained soldiers authorized to invade on my command, would you believe it?” “I find that hard to believe.”
“Okay, Well would you believe a sheriff watching from an unmarked patrol car?” “No I have a hard time believing that.” “Ummm, Would you believe a boy Scout helping a little old lady across the street?”
In John’s gospel, the apostle doesn’t resort to bluffs or false confidence. He poses this critical question based on his personal encounter with the risen Christ, “Would you believe the power of God raised Jesus from the dead, and would you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God?”
Why should we believe it? “Because by believing you will have life in His Name.”
This Sunday at 9 AM we invite all those who believe to gather for worship in the Sanctuary or North parking lot (89.5 FM #Lot4praise)! We will sing, pray together, read God’s Word from John 20:24-31 and I am excited to share a message, “At the Intersection of Skepticism and Faith!”
In Christ. Pastor Larry