The world today seems to be much like Thomas, the disciple. We live in society that is in a state of unbelief. I use unbelief because it may be the more accurate term. People today have faith, albeit in the wrong things. What they do not have is belief in Jesus as the Son of God. Sure, many believe that Jesus was a good man, maybe even a great man, a scholar, morally superior, a philanthropist. All these are true, but few are willing to accept that Jesus is God. Thomas, one of the very disciples who followed Jesus and His ministry was willing to believe all the good things, yet had trouble coming to terms with Jesus being God.
John:20:24: But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
John:20:25: The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Thomas had heard the preaching. He had seen the miracles. He was among those closest to Jesus being numbered among the other eleven disciples. Yet, because he did not see, he would not believe. In Thomas’s view, seeing was believing. Oh! how the world carries that mantra so strongly today. With all the technology available today and the manipulation of videos and pictures, should we still be saying that “seeing is believing”? Let me tell you that seeing was not enough, Thomas needed to feel the wounds which Jesus suffered upon the cross. Everything Thomas needed for his unbelief to be changed to unwavering faith was given:
John:20:26: And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
John:20:27: Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
John:20:28: And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Jesus supplied the answer to Thomas. Not only did He appear to be seen, He offered Thomas to reach out, touch the scars and believe! Friends, it is this very encounter the Spirit of God is crying out today, be not faithless but believing! When led by the spirit to kneel in prayer, confessing your sins, do those very prayers not ascend into Heaven bringing down that nail scarred hand to touch your very heart, cleansing you in that precious blood, reconciling you to Jesus, your Lord and Savior? Those still not believing charge “but you have still not seen Him” which brings us to the close:
John:20:29: Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Blessed are they that have not seen, yet have believed. I count it a privilege that He, Jesus Christ, has given me the faith to believe without seeing His physical body. He has, however, allowed me to glimpse His glory, His continuing work, His miracles, and His mercies. He has supplied more than I have asked. It is truly to His glory that I have felt His tender touch in times of need. I have seen His mercy when it was not deserved, His grace has been multiplied to me. Moreover, not only me, but all those who have come to the knowledge of the Truth, all who have accepted Jesus as Lord, as Savior, and as God. Just as He appeared to Thomas, I too am awaiting His appearance and believe it will be soon. Let us assure all those who have not yet come to the knowledge of the truth, if they reach out, they too will receive a touch from the Savior. To Jesus be the glory, for He is truly worthy! Amen!