is Believing Without Seeing
20:19-29 27 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.”28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Thomas gets a bad wrap (pun intended) as the
unbelieving disciple for demanding to see before he believes. Yet when
confronted by the resurrected Christ to see (touch) and believe, he
believes without seeing (touching). Thomas becomes the first to
confess Christ as Lord and God. You cannot make a greater
confession of faith than that. It exceeded that of the other
disciples in scope and depth. Jesus was not only Lord over all
his life, now, but God himself, unwrapped (see
The Gift Unwrapped) for all to
Jesus is not rebuking Thomas when he says, "“Have
you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not
seen and yet have believed.” He is saying, "See, it is
more blessed to believe without seeing because your faith now comes from
John Wesley's Commentary - John 20:28: And Thomas
said, My Lord and my God - The disciples had said, We have seen the
Lord. Thomas now not only acknowledges him to be the Lord, as he had
done before, and to be risen, as his fellow disciples had affirmed,
but also confesses his Godhead, and that more explicitly than any
other had yet done. And all this he did without putting his
hand upon his side.
See, seeing is believing without seeing when if
comes from God. Be a believing Thomas, this Easter.
You will truly be blessed.
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