24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So 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 it.” 26A 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!” 27Then 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.” (John 20:24-27)
We come once more, to one of the Big Two events of the Christian Year – Easter. It is the day we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death, on the anniversary of His resurrection. For the disciples who witnessed, firsthand, His return from the grave, it was proof positive that He was (and is) who He said He was – the Son of God – and that He had the power to guarantee all the promises He had made to them. This was the one incontrovertible proof that had no other explanation. But even so, some of the disciples yet doubted, like Thomas, in the passage above.
Therefore, Jesus stayed in the world for a while longer, before He ascended into Heaven, appearing numerous times to the disciples, giving them yet more proof that He was real. He appeared to two disciples who had given up and were heading out of town, He met Thomas in the midst of his doubt, and even sat and ate a meal of fish with some of the disciples (who also had given up on him and returned to their trade), proving He was not just a wandering spirit. Finally, He spoke to Peter who had betrayed Him three times and restored him as one of His disciples. The bottom line was – Jesus met each of those disciples in the midst of their unbelief, and gave them what they needed in order to believe.
It seems these days that we are surrounded by both all sorts of people who either refuse to believe, or who say they haven’t enough proof in order to believe. Yet, there are so many evidences of Jesus, both in nature, and in the world we live in. We have but to open our eyes and see Jesus at work – sustaining the world, working in the hearts and hands of people like us, and forgiving us so that we might be restored back to God’s favor. The question for us is, “what will it take for us to accept Jesus as real, and in so doing, open up all of eternity for us? Open your bibles, read the gospels, and simply pray that God will open your eyes to see the truth that is right before you. God can and will meet you where you are in your life, if you will let Him. I did, many years ago, and God came through, proving Himself, and that has changed my life. And He can to the same for you.
Be blessed my brothers and sisters,