Today’s Reading of the Story is on page 386 with the words, “ Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve…” and ends on page 386 with the words “…blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” If you are reading in your bible, read John 20:24-29
Can you blame Thomas? I can’t! I’m not certain I would have hung around either.
I can understand not wanting to be the next one on a cross, but to all of a sudden stop gathering with the people you ate, slept, and worked with 24/7 for three intensive years? I wonder, where was Thomas? Why wasn’t he there on the first Easter evening?
We don’t hear very much about Thomas. He is listed as one of the Twelve; however, he is recorded as speaking only twice in all four gospels. The first time is at the raising of Lazarus:
John 11:16 (NIV) Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
The second time is in the Upper Room when Thomas asks an honest question:
John 14:5 (NIV) Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
John wants us to know that when attendance was taken on the first Easter evening, Thomas was not there. Because He wasn’t there, He missed out when the Risen Jesus appeared to the Eleven. And then, to add insult to injury, Thomas refused to believe his brothers when they told him they had seen Jesus alive from the dead.
“But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” John 20:25 (NIV)
Thomas would be reminded a week later that the Risen Christ doesn’t have to be in the same room with you to hear the words you speak. How do we know?
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though 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; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:26-27
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:28 (NIV)
Aren’t you glad Thomas wasn’t there? Why? Because of what Jesus said to him next…
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 (NIV)
WE are the “blessed” ones. Why? Thomas saw Jesus and then believed. We have not seen Him and yet we believe.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)
Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
We live by faith in the Son of God.
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
We are the blessed for we believe by they gracious power of the Holy Spirit at work in us.
…no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3
Thank You, Holy Spirit for “the hour I first believed” In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Amazing grace! Christ is Risen. Indeed!