Read: John 20:24-29
With the exception of Judas, Thomas is, arguably, the most vilified of Jesus’followers. “Doubting Thomas” we call him. How could he have been so ignorant? How could his heart have possibly been that hard and cold? I mean, his friends had told him Jesus was alive. They said they had seen Him with their own eyes. But Thomas wasn’t around when all that happened and he refused to believe!
Honestly, though, what would you have believed? Imagine showing up at a gathering of your friends and they all tell you they have seen Elvis alive? You would be certain that it was some grand joke being made at your expense. You would say, “You know what? I’m not going to believe Elvis is alive until I see him with my own eyes!”I certainly don’t mean to compare Jesus to Elvis nor am I making light of this holy story. I am just asking us to try to take a step back from our “we know how the book ends”existence and a step into Thomas’shoes. He didn’t see the resurrected Jesus for himself therefore, he could not –he would not –believe.
In His abundant grace, though, Jesus responded to Thomas’doubt. A week after Jesus did the whole “poof”thing, he did it again; but this time Thomas was present. And this time, Thomas did believe. Notice in particular, though, what Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”Yesterday you were asked to consider upon what you base your beliefs about the resurrection. If, in fact, you do believe in the resurrection, that belief is based on something other than having seen Jesus. To you, Jesus says, “You are blessed because you have not seen and yet have believed.”
As you read the passage, consider:
- What did you believe about the resurrection before reading and meditating on the Scriptures so far this week?
- Has what you previously believed been reaffirmed or has it changed in some way? If it has changed, how?
- If you don’t believe that the resurrection took place, why not?
- Can you trust that Jesus can meet you in your unbelief like He did Thomas?