Text: “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have NOT seen, and yet have believed."
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7.
Good morning, Christian in doubt! You have just been informed that you, or a family member, or a very close friend, has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. You have received news of natural disaster or impending peril that could very well affect you, your business, or all things close to you and yours. In steps the demon of grave fear and deadly doubt. Suddenly, all that you had set your hopes and dreams upon lies shattered by apparent gloom and doom. All that you see and hear and taste and touch and experience is suddenly cast into jeopardy - and deadly doubt is assailing your Christian faith.
If this describes your current circumstances or situation - read on, beloved Christian, the Lord God has new hope especially for YOU today.
“Be still (relax, all is in God’s control), and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
When the Lord Jesus physically drove the personal-gain merchants out of the Jewish Temple, it was the religious Jews that asked Him the question, “What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?” (V.18)
They knew from their head knowledge of the Old Testament Scriptures that the coming Messiah would come suddenly to His Temple, that He would be ‘…like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap…a refiner and purifier of silver…‘ that would ‘…purify the sons of Levi, and purge them…that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.’ (Malachi 3:1-3)
However, no sooner had the Lord Jesus fulfilled this prophesy, right before their eyes, but these religious Jews immediately manifested the unbelief of their hardened hearts by asking Christ to show them a miracle in order that they might fully believe. Not much has changed today, has it?
Today on our Christian TV channels we see thousands of people craving similar signs and wonders and - sad to say - often we see a circus of charlatans more than willing to put on such a show for them! Beware!
For such people - seeing is absolutely necessary before they will believe anything concerned with Christ Jesus, the Son of God Who saves. Obviously, true God-given Christian faith, in such circles, is totally lacking.
“”Now when He was in
Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many
believed in His Name, when they saw the miracles that He did.” (V. 23)
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
As the apostle Paul writes - at all times under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit - “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
For the true Christian believer in this day of increased apostasy; ‘easy-believing’; and what the Scriptures define as ‘…signs and lying wonders…’ - the rule is clearly one of believing in the Lord, and then, by His grace and according to His Sovereign will, seeing His miraculous hand at work in doing the most wondrous of things. All glory to His miraculous and wondrous Name! (2 Thessalonians 2:3-17)
Genuine Christians believe, and because we believe - we often see the miraculous wonders of a truly compassionate and awesome Lord God!
The above rule of believing and then seeing is clearly taught in the example context of our text for today. “…Thomas, one of the twelve (disciples)…was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall SEE in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.” (John 20:24-25)
Eight days later, Thomas was with the rest of the disciples when the risen Christ Jesus again appeared unto them and offered Thomas the opportunity to do just that, “…Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side; and be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20:27)
“And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. Jesus said unto Him, Thomas, because thou has seen Me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen (that‘s you and me, my friend!), and yet have believed.” (John 20:29) Hallelujah! We walk by such God-given faith today!
Thought: Dispel all doubts, Christian believer - only believe, and then see how the Lord blesses your faithfulness. Jesus cares for YOU.