Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:24-29)
In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Like Thomas, we too want signs, proof, evidence of claims made by others. Skeptics demand such things. Thomas was such a skeptic. He wanted verification that what the disciples were telling him was actually true. And by God’s grace, Jesus gave such verification. Jesus appeared to Thomas, showing His hands and side. He said, “Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And at Jesus’ Word, Thomas believed. Christians do the same, not because they see with their eyes or experience this or that, but because God gives His Word. And so it is. Thus, we believe that Christ rose bodily from the dead. We believe that God created the world in six days, that Jonah was swallowed by a fish, that Jesus healed and raised the dead, that He was born of a virgin, that He suffered and died, rose again the third day, ascended into heaven, and will return in all of His glory. We believe this because God has revealed it in His Word. And through that Word, God creates (Romans 10:17) and sustains faith (John 8:31-32). We believe that before God, all is well, that we have peace, that we have life, and that we live in His good favor, all because of Christ.
We don’t have to see to know that these are true, because God has given us His Word. This we trust, for His Word makes Christ known, your Savior and your Redeemer, who is risen from the dead. In Him, all doubt is cast aside. In Him, we have all the confidence that we need.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
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