Believe Without Seeing

Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (Joh 20:24-29 NKJ)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1 NKJ)

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

In many ways Thomas get a bad rap, why shouldn’t he have the same experience as Mary and the other disciples.  Mary met the risen Lord and the tomb, and the disciples were in the locked room when Jesus appeared.  For some reason, Thomas wasn’t there the first time, but eight days later the Lord appears to them again.  This time Thomas is there, and Jesus said to him, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

The issue wasn’t one of doubt, but trust, and indirectly love.  You would have thought that by now the disciples would have been a close-knit community.  Thomas’s distrust of his friend’s words threatened to the very unity of the community.

In John’s gospel, it is those who believe without seeing that are the true believers.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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