Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Lord and my God!

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe."
Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."
(from John 20:19-31)

Poor Thomas.  We know him first and foremost as the doubter.  We know the famous lines:  "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." 

But it's thanks to Thomas, that we have the words of Jesus that apply to us:  Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.  That's you and me!  Yet, I wonder if you or I would have been been much different than Thomas, had we been in his shoes.  How often do we need "proof" before we will believe something.  Yes, there's a bit a "Thomas" in each of us.

Lord, may we be more and more like those you called blessed!  May we put aside our need to have things proven to us -- especially when it comes to our faith and trust in You!

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