Wednesday Word 5.01.2019

John 20:24-31 New International Version

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “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.” 26 A week later his 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!” 27 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.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 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.

All these events are astounding. For three years, these men and women were witness to unprecedented acts of healing and power over nature and the natural ways of this earth. All the while, lessons and standards for living unlike anything they had previously heard were being demonstrated and taught. Mind blowing! It was only human for them to fail to see the big picture. They were in the middle of these unimaginable events.

We were not in the middle of these events. We have the advantage of more than two thousand years filled with study and scholarly examination. More important than all that is the incredible gift of the Holy Spirit to help us see. We are just as human as those who gathered in the streets and on the hillsides to see the famous Miracle Worker and didn’t comprehend his true meaning. We are just as mystified as those who loved him then. But Jesus himself stated the difference, “…blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” We can have a life that is blessed, one that is blessed by grace and mercy and the hope that is in our Savior. All we have to do is believe…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki