Easter, this changes everything, Pt. 3 (John 20:24-29)

 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” John 20:25

The story of Thomas has always been one that has intrigued me personally.  Maybe it’s because I can so easily identify with him.  To me, Thomas seems like a simply guy who has a realistic view of life.  He sees things for what they are and he is willing to believe what he sees.

It is clear that he is not a weak man.  In John 11:16 he is willing to die with Jesus.  But one think is for sure, the resurrection of Jesus was in question for Thomas.  He makes his position clear.  Unless I see… I will not believe.

Do you know any people like Thomas in our world?  Think through your answer.  Thomas position is so clear: “I must see to believe.”

I imagine how frustrating the next seven days would have been for Thomas.  Without a doubt he was wrestling through all the reports of Jesus being alive.  He probably rehearsed all the times Jesus had taught concerning His death, burial, and resurrection.  Maybe he wondered, if I would even get to see Jesus.

But eight days later, the moment came.  I can see Thomas looking with amazement at Jesus.  Jesus turns to him and offers to show him His hands and feet.  Thomas bursts forth in open confession:

                             “My Lord and my God.”

Thomas believes what he sees.  But wait, what about you and I?  How are we to believe?

Jesus gives us the answer, “Blessed are those who have no seen and yet have believed.”

II Corinthians 5:7 teaches us to walk not by sight, but by faith.  I Peter 1:8 teaches us of the moment when we will receive the end of our faith.

We have been called to faith.  How does this happen?

  1. We must be fully persuaded in our own minds, Romans 14:3.
  2. We must then fully persuade others, II Corinthians 5:11.

Even though I have not seen Him, I believe.  I have read the Bible and I believe. I have the evidence of history and I believe. I have the evidence of others changed lives and I believe.  I have a changed life and I believe.

This very day, I will persuade others to believe for the glory of God, II Corinthians 5:20!

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