19 Dec Let’s Ask Thomas
Does JESUS still come today? Let’s ask Thomas John 20:24-29:
“Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 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.” 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.” 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.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.””
Have you ever been so disappointed by the circumstances of life that you have said in your soul, unless I can see, unless I can touch, unless I can use my senses I will not believe? I think all of us have had those times, those disappointments, that pushed us into wanting, no demanding, a sign that HE is here that HE still comes and moves in our world today. Today as we ponder HIS coming more than 2000 years ago, let us consider one of the disciples and his struggles with life’s circumstances.
What an interesting character, this disciple Thomas. He is called doubting Thomas because of his statements here in John 20 where he indicated that unless he was able to put his fingers in the place of the nails and his hand into HIS side, he would not believe. He said show me the proof that HE has risen and then I will believe. Give me some hard evidence and then I will put my trust in HIM. But he had not always been such a doubter. In John 11 we read the story of Lazarus. JESUS told the disciples that HE was going back to Bethany to see about Lazarus who had died. The other disciples questioned HIS wisdom about going back into the area where the Jews had threatened HIS life. But Thomas said, “Let us go also that we may die with HIM”.
What caused such a change from champion to doubter? Why would he make such a strong statement, especially in the face of ten others who were saying that JESUS had risen from the dead? We can only imagine what must have been running through his mind that day as he snuck into where the others were hiding. But we do know one thing for sure, JESUS showed up in a real, senses overloading way in Thomas’ world. HE didn’t rebuke him or belittle Thomas but instead said, here I am touch me and believe.
Will HE show up in our lives when we want proof? Yes. Will HE hold out HIS hands for us to put our fingers into, or bare HIS side for us to touch? Will HE be offended by my request? No. HE says try me and see if I am not good; believe me even when you do not see me.
If you have children: Go outside and feel the wind as it blows. Ask them where does it come from? Where does it start? Where does it end? We need to realize that even when I cannot see or sense with my senses something that is occurring I still need to believe that it is still there.