Friday 26 April, 2019

John 20:19-31

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Jesus Appears to Thomas 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.

In response to the disciples telling Thomas about their experience with Jesus, Thomas says “Unless I see… I will not believe” (vs 25). It can be easy to read this and think, “why would he doubt the disciples, why wouldn’t he believe, does he not know the power of God?” But as I think about this passage, I could have easily had the same response if it were me.

How often do we wait till we’ve seen the miracle before we have complete trust and confidence in God? I know I can sometimes find myself seeking God and asking Him for things, but find much greater confidence when He answers my prayers. Jesus profoundly says, “…blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed (vs 29). Whilst I believe in Jesus by faith and not sight, I am challenged to think about how I approach Him day to day, and how often I think “unless I see I will not believe” this can happen.

Dear God, thank You for Your grace and love. I pray that You would help me today to have complete trust and confidence in You, in all that I bring before You. In Jesus’ Name.

Written by Ps. Laura Samperi

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