Doubting Thomas was only Doubting Thomas before he met Christ in the upper room that night.
8:5 Are you immature? Learn to be mature [have prudence, show discretion].
Are you foolish? Learn to have sense [be wise].
Good News Bible
Sunday night marked the anniversary of the end of Doubting Thomas. The account of the disciple, Thomas, could be every person’s story. How did he get his nickname? Let’s read it:
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus [twin]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
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.”
So, we see where he gets his moniker. I can see him in my mind stubbornly refusing to believe them.
26 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!” 27 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.”
It is that this point that we see the end of Doubting Thomas.
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
It is difficult to imagine anyone not responding to Jesus the same way Thomas did. To put one’s finger where the nails were and to feel where the spear pierced His side…to hear Him say, “Peace be with you,” and to see the love in His eyes…who could refuse such a loving Savior?!
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
This is where you and I fit into the story. We have not had the luxury of seeing Him physically, to touch Him and hear His voice aloud, and yet, we believe. Why? Because we HAVE met Him! He now resides within us, walks with us, and guides us through every day. We are most blessed!
To know Jesus is to want to be like Jesus. Let’s fix our eyes on Him and follow Him wherever He leads.
Abba, being with You transforms me. I find myself enjoying Your peace and joy; Your loves overwhelms me! I want everyone to experience You this way. May You lead me to folks who are waiting to hear Your good news. Amen.