Put yourself in Thomas’ shoes: The other disciples say Jesus is alive and visited them. Do you believe them?
15:30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.
Yesterday, we talked about our “sin nature” being our ability to choose, but as “children,” we are stuck in selfish mode. Jesus gives us both the desire and the power to break the cycle. The first thing we must do is make the Confession of Thomas. You’re probably going, “What’s the Confession of Thomas?” I’m glad you asked! Let’s read it,
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:28
When Jesus told Thomas to feel the scars in His hands and to place his hand in Jesus’ side, Thomas changed what he believed about Jesus’ resurrection. We must do the same. Look at Thomas’ confession:
My Lord- “Lord” means, “Master,” “Chief,” “Ruler,” who has authority, power, and dominion.
My God- Thomas was confessing Jesus is God incarnate, in the flesh, and thus was above all religious rules and codes, covenants and commandments. Jesus’ New Covenant wasn’t just God-ordained, it was God-initiated.
Think about this confession in your life. Have you made the confession? What would it look like if you did? What would it mean to you? It starts with a personal word from Jesus: A basic invitation for you to walk with Him. He has you surrounded. He wants to reveal to you who God really is; up until this point, our view of God has been limited at the least and twisted at worst. He wants to correct that view upfront and personal. Can He do it? Don’t forget Thomas’ confession: Jesus IS God.
As for perceiving Him as Lord, that’s the learning part. We don’t make Him Lord; He IS Lord, in fact, He is King of the universe, but He is also a loving Father and we are His little children. He has perfect patience, kindness, love, and gentleness. He interacts with us and teaches us to have success with our ability to choose wisely. Remember, we were never meant to go it alone; we were created for interaction with Him.
Let us praise Him for who He is, our Lord and our God!
Abba, I praise You for being my God and for being my Lord. I trust You implicitly with my life. May we continue to walk side-by-side and hand-in-hand. I want to walk instep with You, Lord Jesus. May the Spirit speak to me and may I respond quickly and completely. I’m lovin’ it! Amen.