John 20:24, Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although 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, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
For the past few weeks, most of us spent a lot of time focusing on the events of Jesus’ life leading up to the resurrection. Sunday was that day so the story is over and we can move on – not hardly! I thought I would spend this week looking at some of the most important events that took place in Jesus’ life on earth after the resurrection.
Today I want to focus on Jesus’ encounter with Thomas. You remember him, “Doubting Thomas.” The one who even after others had seen Jesus and had told Thomas of Jesus’ resurrection, kept on doubting.
In fact, Thomas told the other disciples, “Unless I see in His hands … and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25)
When Jesus met up with Thomas He did not chastise him for his doubt or rebuke him for his unbelief. Instead, Jesus simply told Thomas to put his finger here and see His hands, put his hand on His side, and to stop doubting and start believing.
You know the end of the story. Thomas did just that and became a great advocate for a risen Savior.
Perhaps you are like Thomas today and you struggle to believe. If so, let me encourage you to be like Thomas and encounter Christ today. There is no better place to do that than in Scripture this week and in church next Sunday.
Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D
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