In the gospel of John we read; One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (John 20:24-29 NLT)
The original doubting Thomas was suddenly standing with the man he believed to be dead. Jesus had been crucified and buried. The other disciples had seen Jesus but Thomas didn’t believe. He was the; “I’ll believe it when I see it!”, sort.
Jesus told them all that He would be crucified and would raise from the dead on the third day. He said of himself: “I am the resurrection and the life.” He had brought the dead back to life: Lazarus, the Widow’s Son, the Ruler’s Daughter. But Thomas would not believe until he touched the evidence of Jesus death, nail holes and spear wound.
There are many like Thomas today. They have tasted faith but have rejected belief. Thomas believed when he saw Jesus and allowed to touch His wounds. Jesus is alive and when Thomas saw Him he believed.
Since few of us will see Jesus in this life, we have to be those blessed to believe without seeing. But it only takes a little faith to accept the good news of Jesus Christ. If we believe in Him we will be forgiven our sins and will not perish but have everlasting life.
This is by faith and it starts with believing.
What Gets in the Way of Faith? Unbelief Stops Faith from Growing. – Broadcast for May 20, 2015
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