Yesterday, we discussed Jesus’ first appearance to his disciples after his resurrection.
Thomas wasn’t there when Jesus appeared. The other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!” His response? “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 won’t believe.”
A week later he got his chance:
The 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!” 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.”
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
Once he sees Jesus for himself, Thomas gets it right: “My Lord and my God!”
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Right after describing this scene in his gospel, John says 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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