John 20:24-29- But Thomas, one of the twelve, called The Twin, was not with them 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 prints in His hands, and put my finger in the nail prints, and put my hand in His side, I will not believe.”
26 After eight days His disciples were again inside with the doors shut, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at My hands. Put your hand here and place it in My side. Do not be faithless, but believing.”
28 Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have yet believed.”
We all have heard that "seeing is believing".
There are some people that need something tangible in order to believe. Thomas, one of Jesus disciples was one of them.
Having been told by the other disciples that they had seen Jesus after His resurrection, Thomas did not believe, but doubted them. He told them that He would not believe unless he is able to put his fingers in the nail print and his hands in Jesus' side, he will not believe.
Days later and having appeared to His disciples, Jesus speaks specifically to Thomas and said “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Jesus being God, Jesus knew Thomas thoughts and what Thomas had said to the other disciples. He tells Thomas to do just as Thomas said he needed to in order to believe.
Having seen the wounds for himself, Thomas makes this confession of faith "My Lord and my God". Thomas words were ones of confession that Jesus Christ is indeed "GOD".
Having confessed that Jesus is "God", Jesus says to Thomas "because you have seen me, you believed, but blessed is the ones who have not seen, yet believe.
I believe there was a Thomas in all of us prior to salvation. We too needed evidence and God provided it for us through His Word that He breathed upon and inspired His prophets to write to us in what is known as His Holy "Bible".
2 Timothy 3:16-All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Where is your faith on today? Do you believe that Jesus defeated sin and death on the cross and was resurrected from the dead and is now seated on the right hand of God the Father in heaven? Or, are you like doubting Thomas who needed proof?
We who are alive today was not there to see the crucifixion nor Jesus after His resurrection. We, by faith, must believe and trust the Word of God as our truth.
We live in a world that wants physical proof. We need something tangible to touch or see in order to believe, but Jesus says that you don’t always have to see to believe.
Believing without seeing the evidence is faith. As Christians, we live by faith.
Galatians 3:11-Now it is evident that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, for “The just shall live by faith.
2 Corinthians 5:7- For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Faith is the key that unlocks the doorway to heaven through Christ Jesus.
Having faith that Jesus did die to pay the penalty for our sins and that He was indeed resurrected from the dead is what gives us life in Him.
By faith, we need to believe and not doubt. We must believe by faith that Jesus is the only way to God the Father as He stated in John 14:6.
By faith, we must believe that because of what Jesus did at Calvary, those of us that believe will one day be taken to heaven in the presence of the Father by Christ Jesus when He returns.
You know He is coming back right?
Scripture declares in Hebrews 11:6-And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Jesus is the bread of life who died on the cross for our sins. When He arose on the third day, He defeated sin and death.
Jesus says "blessed are they that have not seen yet believe." Does this describe you?
John 6:35- Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me shall never hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.
John tells us that those who believe will have life in His name.
Are you at a place of "faith" in Christ and His atoning work at Calvary or are you still in doubt and in need of more evidence?
If you still have doubt about Jesus and what He came to earth to do and did for you and I that we may have life and have it more abundantly, I urge you to pick up your bible and begin to read it for it is the "infallible" Word of God that you can trust, believe in and depend upon.
Living by faith or living in doubt? Where are you today concerning Jesus and what He has done for you?
It is good if you have seen and believed, but "blessed" are those who have not seen, yet believe.