2 Samuel 18:1-19:10; John 20:1-31; Psalm 119:153-176; Proverbs 16:14-15
Thomas, the disciple doubted–
after hearing about the empty, neatly arranged gravesite from Peter and John
after hearing about the angels sitting where the body of Jesus had lain from Mary
after hearing Mary and the Disciples describe Christ’s presence among them and the words He had spoken
What’s it going to take to convince Thomas? “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hands into his side, I will not believe it.” John 20:25
Was Thomas just a hands on kinda guy? A hands-on guy who lacked faith.
Jesus still showed himself to Thomas, let him touch his hands and side, let the reality of a risen Christ sink in.
Jesus commanded Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27
A humbled Thomas responded, “My Lord and my God.” John 20:28
I imagine Thomas found it hard to meet Jesus’ eyes at that point. But when he did, Thomas saw in Jesus, love for a doubter.
Without a doubt Christ loves us when we have doubts. He meets us where we are. By the power of the Holy Spirit through His Word, we believe He is the Son of God, our sins are forgiven, and we have eternal life through Him.
“Blessed are those who have not yet seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
Without a doubt–we are blessed!
Lord God, we are truly blessed–you have given us the eyes of faith to see and know you as our Lord and Savior. You love us even when we have doubts. Thank you for preserving us in the one True Faith–may we continue to grow in our faith through the reading of your Word, through fellowship with other believers, through partaking of your Body and Blood in the Lord’s Supper and through our service to others in your name. Thank you–that you had no doubts about wanting to save a sinful world and that you followed through to the Cross. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen