We put great faith in the things we can see. When someone tells us something unusual, we always harbour a suspicion that he or she is trying to lead us astray. No one likes to be deceived. But even more than that, no one likes to give the impression that they are gullible. Because of this we usually want to see things for ourselves, as the saying goes, “Seeing is believing!”
This is exactly how Thomas felt after the resurrection of Christ. He was nobody’s fool. He wasn’t going to fall for the story that the other disciples had made up about Jesus still being alive. And then – before his very own eyes – Jesus appeared. The presence of the risen Saviour, with nail marks in Hid hands and a spear wound in His side, changed Thomas’s thoughts. The darkness changed to light; his scepticism was replaced by faith. Doubt disappeared and trust, amazement and worship flooded into his life.
Thomas didn’t touch Jesus. He did not press his fingertips into His wounds. He didn’t have to. He believed and fell at Jesus’ feet. But many others who had witnessed the miracles Jesus performed, still did not believe – some in the crowd and some officials. Perhaps you are thinking, “If I had been there and seen it all, I would have believed.”
Two thousand years later you are still called to believe. Millions believe, and millions more have done so through the ages. You can believe because the story of Thomas the Doubter sounds genuine. God asks us to believe, in His word He empathises it many times – He wants us to believe.
Put you faith in God and surrender with renewed devotion as you say together with Thomas, “My Lord and my God!”
Merciful Lord, help me to believe even when I cannot see. In Jesus Name. Amen.