Posted by: pastordarren | March 26, 2009

Thomas

The story of Thomas is one that whether you are in the church or not, you are familiar with the phrase, “Doubting Thomas”.  Thomas was one of Jesus’ disciples and following Jesus’ death, he doubted that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead.  This story may seem out of place in the sequence because the story happens after the resurrection and we are just approaching our celebration of the resurrection in our calendar, but I believe that Thomas shows us something important about a faithful life as a disciple.  The story is below for you to read.

John 20:24-31 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, 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 in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”  Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, 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; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, 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 believed.”  Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 Thomas knew about Jesus but his rational mind would not allow him to make the leap of faith.  Jesus was not upset that he doubt and questioned him, but gave Thomas an experience with Him to answer the questions and over come the doubts.

I believe that it is ok to ask questions of Jesus and the faith.  But in the asking, we need to be willing to move toward the answers.  Those answers come not just with more knowledge but also with an experience with Jesus that goes beyond the knowledge into faith.  Questions need to lead us to seek out Jesus so that we can experience Him deeper and draw closer to Him.

Where do you see yourself in this story?  Are there questions or doubts that you have?  Has God taken your questions and doubts and led you to a deeper relationship with Him?  Feel free to share your stories here with us and be sure to take them to Jesus.

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