Know That You Believe Christ
And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"
— John 20:28, emphasis added
Thomas was not present on the first occasion when Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Resurrection. The others told him about it afterward, but he replied, "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 it" (John 20:25 NIV).
Thomas is our pattern; he reflects a part of us because we also struggle and doubt. Yet Christ understands and will meet us at that point of struggle–as He did for Thomas. Although Jesus offered to fulfill the conditions of Thomas’ test, the mere sight of Him was enough; he fell at Christ’s feet and worshiped.
Is that sight not clear enough for you and I also? Are Jesus’ wounded hands not evidence enough for you and I of His love? God the Father says that His action in Christ is perfectly clear, so much so that there is no excuse for failure to believe it. In fact, He says that the way of salvation in Christ … has been made known … (Romans 3:21 NIV). The way of salvation has been made as clear as a pristine mountain stream.
"Today the hand of a gracious God holds out the way of salvation to us. He asks you and I to look closely at His hand, for it is a wounded hand, one bearing the print of the nail received by Jesus when He died for our sins and offer us salvation. By faith you and I may put out our hands and touch that wound, which is irrefutable evidence of God’s great love for us.
The One extending that hand died for you and me. Allow Him to enclose our hands, to enclose you and I, and to bring us into that great company of those who possess eternal life and who shall never perish." 1
Bring our lack of faith and our doubts to Him. With the hand of faith, reach out and touch Him today! For wherever you are, Jesus is there. Just think of all Christ can do now that He is available anywhere, anytime, and to anyone!