Lenten Devotional-Day 30

Thursday, March 19

John 20:24-29 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’  A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

Doubting Thomas

There are many times in our lives when we want proof that an event happened. We want absolute assurance that what was done, or said is the truth and nothing but the truth. So it was with Thomas. It’s easy to understand his reluctance to believe. Everyone else had seen Christ and heard him say, “Peace be with you.” Thomas must have felt left out, and he had to listen as the others spoke of seeing Christ and hearing his words. But Thomas only believed when he saw Christ’s hands and side. Thomas believed when he had proof that the Lord was alive.

Jesus says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” We all fall into this latter category. We have not seen, but yet we believe. Yes, we all have our doubts. We have all wondered why events happen as they do. Why don’t things go the way we want? We doubt Christ’s love for us because we don’t get what we want. But what does Christ ask of us? What about doing his will and finding true faith through trusting and believing in him. Our doubt dissolves when we realize that we should give our lives to Christ and trust him to guide us each day.

Once Thomas saw and believed, he spent the rest of his life preaching and saving souls for Christ. Thomas established churches in present day Iran, Iraq, and India. When the Portuguese came to India in the 1600s, they found Christians and churches from Thomas’s time. Indeed, Thomas was killed in India, near present-day Madras, around 72 AD.

                                                                                                            Bob Forrest

Prayer: Dear Lord, remove all doubt from our hearts and bring to us a newness and joy of faith in you that we may be a servant forever. Help us to believe in you for all that we want and need. Amen.