We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.
Today’s command is rather straightforward:
Stop doubting and believe. (John 20:25)
What was the context of this command? Jesus had just risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples. All but Thomas, that is.
When the other disciples told Thomas they had seen Jesus, he said this:
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.
A week later, Thomas got his chance. Here’s what happened:
Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
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.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Right after describing this scene in his gospel, John said this:
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Stop doubting. Believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and have life in his name.
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