26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
How would you like to be remembered as “doubting Thomas”? He missed the first appearance of the Lord to the disciples. We don’t know why, he just wasn’t there. Furthermore, despite the testimony of the others who did see the risen Jesus, Thomas boldly proclaimed that unless he put his own fingers into the holes in Christ’s hands and thrust his own hand into the wound in the Savior’s side, he wasn’t going to believe the Christ was alive.
John 20:24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
Thomas really did dig himself a hole of doubt and unbelief. I cannot be too tough on poor Thomas though for I and each of us have been in the same place. We were challenged to take a step of faith by someone who had already taken that step and found God faithful. We resisted just not believing that the God who carried them would carry us. We are really bad about this. Perhaps we could call each other with the prefix “doubting” before our names.
The beauty of this transaction between the risen Lord Jesus and Thomas is this, in spite of Thomas’ doubting heart, Jesus appeared and gave Thomas the exact opportunity that he was demanding. At that, Thomas believed. When we doubt, the Lord does not turn away from us. In love for us our Savior confirms His ability in a given situation and reaches beyond our doubt.
I don’t think Thomas ever doubted again.
Then Jesus said this to Thomas and also to us: ““Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” We are those who not having seen Jesus have believed. Jesus said that we are blessed, that is, He blesses us with greater faith when we believe. What is the Lord trying to get you to do for Him today and you are having a doubt fest? What is keeping you back from doing what God wants you to do? Are you expecting a personal visit from Christ or can you simply step out by faith knowing that He who has saved you eternally is quite capable of leading you in this temporary life?
Just a reminder, Steven and I have our concert with the Glee Club and the Voices of Hope choir this Sunday at 3:00. Some of you have bought tickets already while others have expressed interest but haven’t gotten tickets yet. Send me a note letting me know how many you want. The theme of this concert is hope for people touched by cancer. If you know anyone who has been touched by cancer we have a grant for free tickets for them. Please let me know if you have someone interested in a free cancer survivor ticket.
Have a great day in the Lord,