Tuesday, April 20, 2010

John 20:26-29

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.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” – John 20:26-29
"Of all of the disciples, Thomas was the most skeptical. Throughout the gospel accounts Thomas made cynical remarks and was the pessimist of the group. He would not believe that Christ had risen unless he could touch the wounds of the cross. But instead of rebuking Thomas, Jesus appeared to him with the evidence that Thomas needed. God’s humility brought Thomas to a place of surrender. God will meet the skeptics if they are willing to look at the evidence that He gives them. Jesus can turn doubt into belief."

It's a funny coincidence that Thomas is also my husband's name and he is always a skeptic first.  I have frequently gotten mad at him for questioning EVERYTHING.  But the thing is, by questioning things frequently, he also punches holes in false teachings and I'm so glad about that!  He is a good leader for me because of his willingness to look before leaping.  Jesus picked a wide variety of men to be a part of his disciples and he loved Thomas too.  Thomas probably helped the other disciples see past some falsehoods, ask questions they otherwise might not have asked..... and needed answers to.  I like Thomas.  Who doesn't need a little extra proof now and then, and like the commentator said here, God who loves us, provides simple proof to those who need it, if they are willing to look at it.  Really look at it.  Sometimes, looking into the Bible is the proof we need and He can show us.  But we have to be willing to look at it.  Look into the hole in the hand and put your hands in the side.  Are you willing to look there?

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