4/17/20

Our scripture this week is John 20:19-31.

A 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!” Then 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.”
John 20:26-27

Jesus returns to ensure all His disciples have the chance to see Him. For whatever reason, Thomas was not with them when Jesus first appeared. He came back after just one lost sheep, as He promised He would.

We don’t know what motivated Thomas to his statement of “unless I see…I will not believe” (John 20:25) but Jesus won’t let that stand. He returns not to berate Thomas but to give him what he needs that he may believe. Jesus went to the cross for us, now He ensures we know His sacrifice was genuine and effective.

There is a saying “Jesus loves us as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us there”. This is the situation with Thomas. Jesus calls us to move from the danger of our unbelief to a place of safety in His love, becoming an active part of the work of His kingdom.

Loving Lord, we are often bewildered by the things of the world, led in ways that do not bear fruit for you. Help us to be strong in our faith, believing fully in Your gift of salvation. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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