2014-05-19 - What Would Thomas Say?
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. (John 20:25)
The disciples did everything they could to convince me they saw Jesus. I wasn't buying it. If the disciples could prove this claim then I would believe. Eight days later we were gathered together when Jesus appeared and this time, I was present.
Jesus greeted us warmly and then called my bluff. Jesus told me to touch His scars so I would have faith and believe. According to Jesus, it is better to believe without seeing. It may be a blessing to believe without any confirmation but many times that does not make it easier.
What about the people who know about Jesus and choose not to believe in Him or only believe part time when it is convenient? Do they know what they are missing out on? Sure, it takes effort to spend time with God and do things for God. I remember what it is like doing things haphazardly, going my own way. Relying on God takes that void away.
What would you tell someone who has never heard of Jesus?
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.