Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Thomas sees Jesus as He is, the risen Savior, and proclaims “My Lord and my God”. This is the response of every disciple and the beginning of our call to share our response to His resurrection with others. Jesus came to be our example and we are to live that example in our world.
Jesus said “blessed are those who have not yet seen and yet have believed” (v. 29). He speaks to all of us who did not live during His time on earth as a human, that we may know we are blessed as the disciples were. It is not seeing Him in the flesh that saves us but our faith that He came for us all.
Do you need reassurance from Jesus, especially during trying times? Do you long to be able to see Him face to face? Don’t ask for a sign, remember His words to those of us who did not have the chance to walk with Him while He walked the earth – blessed are those who have not yet seen and yet have believed!
God of mercy, we are often weak in our faith and find it hard to live out our call. Help us to remember the blessing we have all received through Christ and the responsibility to share that joy with the world. Amen.