24Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So 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.”
26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:24-29)
I love “Doubting” Thomas. I’ve always felt like I can relate to Thomas. I do not know if that’s a good thing or bad thing. But I do know that I feel some comfort in the weakness of my faith thanks to men like Thomas, who despite walking with Jesus through His ministry, despite hearing the confessions of his best friends about Jesus rising from the grave; Thomas still refuses to believe. He tells the other disciples that he will only believe if he sees the holes in Jesus’ hands, and puts his fingers into Jesus’ side where the spear had pierced. So never beat yourself up over your doubt and unbelief. Here was one of Jesus’ most beloved friends, and he still struggled to fully buy-in. And look at what Jesus does. He shows up and answers Thomas’ request. “Put your finger here” Jesus instructs. “Reach out your hand and put it into my side.” Could you imagine! Here standing before Thomas in majestic glory was the man who hung on the cross just a little over a week before. The last time Thomas had set his eyes on Jesus, he was broken, bloody, and dead on a tree. Now Jesus stood before Thomas, challenging him to do exactly what he felt he needed to finally believe Jesus was who He claimed to be. So Thomas, with trembling hands, touched the holes that ran through Jesus’ hands, and felt Jesus’ pierced side. And Thomas’ response to that: “My Lord and my God!”
He is My Lord. He is my God.
I do not need to see the holes. I do not need to place my hand in a puncture wound. I do not even need to see Jesus appear to me. I have His word, His promise, and I believe with all my soul and heart that Jesus is my Lord. MY GOD. And as you saw above, because I believe without seeing, I am blessed indeed.
But I have seen His works. I have personally witnessed miracles in my life that could only be designed by a greater power, a loving Father. That is why I created the Common Sense Reborn project. And I am trying to share my story with the world. I hope that if you have the same faith, and experienced the same miracles in your life, that you share them with the world as well. We continue to have too many doubters, and only we believers have the power and truth to help those who doubt see the truth, the way, and the life of Jesus Christ.
Reading plan: John 21:1-14
Deeper reading plan: 2 Chronicles 19-24
Prayer and meditation: Pray for the sick, pray for the lost and their loved ones. Pray for redemption for this lost world. Pray for a reviving rattle to shake COVID off this planet. And continue to pray for all those in medical professions, grocery stores, supply chain operators, first responders, and the amazing teachers still doing all they can to teach the students they love so much.
Fitness challenge: Sprint day! We’re going to stay at 8 sprints for 200 meters. You may not have a track to run on, but you can step out around that distance. 100 yards is about one hundred steps, so mark out two hundred big steps and you will be close. Give these sprints everything you got. You should be pretty exhausted after the fourth sprint, which is the purpose, so you are pushing your muscles past the point of exhaustion for the next four sets. The more you do this, the more endurance you will build up and the more speed you will develop over time.