Thomas

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  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.  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 Peace be unto you.  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.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.

John 20:24-28

People always look down on Thomas because he didn’t believe right away when the other disciples told him that they had seen Jesus.  He wanted to see for himself.  He wanted to see the nail prints in His hands and the wound in His side.  He wanted some evidence, just as many of us would have wanted.

Eventually, Jesus did show Himself to Thomas and Thomas did believe, saying, “My Lord and my God.”

Some people will believe more easily than others.  Some people will believe on the testimony of another.  Others want to see some evidence first.  Jesus told Thomas in verse 29, “Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”  Faith is about believing something that we can’t see.  Faith is about hearing the Word of God and believing it as such.  We can’t literally see Jesus with our eyes today.  We must have faith to believe what He has told us in His Word.  Do we believe?

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