Wednesday Word 4.22.2020
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.
There are a lot of folks who think that people like me are delusional. Thomas might have thought the same thing. Studies tell us that in some rare cases grief, shock, fear and other strong emotions can cause a “mass hysteria” where people inexplicably share illusions. Maybe that’s what Thomas thought was happening to his dear friends. Maybe he just longed to see his Master for himself once more. There are those today who think that Christianity is a shared delusion.
I feel for those who think that is the case, for those who have to stick their finger into the wound to be convinced. I do not. All I need is to see the hand of God all around me, working in me and through me. I can testify to that action, no question. I experienced it first hand at eighteen and untold times since then. My witness can’t begin to compare with that which has been recorded over the last few thousand years! All we have to do is pick up The Book, it is all right there for us.
I do not need to see the wounds. I know that they are there. My prayer is that you can feel God with you, that you can see him all around you. “God said to Moses, ‘I AM who I AM…’” (Exodus 3:14). He is everything we need…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki