Ruth opened up the mail box to find a card addressed to “Grandma Ruth”. She held the card in both hands and stared at the envelope for what seemed like hours. As she walked back inside she kept a tight grip on the card. She sat at the kitchen table that was lit by a single light hanging over head. 


She pushed her finger in the side of the envelope until she heard the paper start to tear. She slid her finger the rest of the way opening up the card. She pulled the card out of the envelope to reveal red, blue and yellow crayon marks on the face a Golden Retriever puppy laying in a basket, stuffed with hay. Ruth let out a little chuckle. 


She opened up the card and something slid onto the table. On the white surface of the rectangular paper you could faintly see the word “Kodak”. She turned it over to see her handsome 3 year old grandson with a smile that would always remind her of her own son. 


There is something about stopping a moment in time that people absolutely love. Being able to look at a frozen frame and see that time in history. They say a picture says a thousand words. If that’s true then how many words have been said with the estimated over 14 trillion photos taken every year.


We can hold the Bible in our hands everyday if we choose. In the Bible is countless stories of amazing things that happened. Could you imagine if there were cameras back then. There are several pictures that could definitely say way more than a thousand words. But there is one that could say more than all the photos ever taken combined.


JOHN 20:24-28

24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

To see Thomas experience the resurrected Jesus would be one powerful photo. Not only is he viewing the resurrected Jesus but he sees and feels the marks that placed Jesus in the grave. And to see all of that realization happen in a moment. It would be like taking a picture of belief itself. 


Men, we have to stop reading our Bibles as if they’re boring.  There is life in every word we read. And every word we read points to Jesus.

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