Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. – John 20:29
Meditation: Have you ever considered yourself more blessed than the Apostles? Well, it’s true at least in a sense. Let’s think about what Jesus said to Thomas.
The Apostle Thomas is often at the end of many old adages about doubt. While we may frown on his apprehensive comments concerning the Resurrection, it is important for us to put ourselves in his place. His Master had been brutally tortured and crucified just days before. He saw the Lord dead. Have you ever seen a dead person? You would not expect to see them get up and talk.
Thomas’s doubt was rational and reasonable. We are blessed to trust in the revelation of the Resurrection, but no one had ever arisen on their own before Jesus Christ. Thomas had no point of reference, and he was human. So let’s give him some slack.
In contrast, when we believe in Jesus and the Resurrection, we are blessed with a faith not experienced by the Apostles and other eyewitnesses who saw the risen Savior. Therefore, Jesus said, “…blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Such faith is clearly God-given. Believing in resurrection is otherwise unreasonable. No one comes back from the dead, do they? The Gospel says Jesus did.
Call to Action: What do you believe? Are you holding back? Do your doubts trouble your ability to act according to the Word? Pray to the Lord as did the man whose son was possessed. “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:24).
The Lord knows our weakness. He knows our frailty. Lean upon Him and trust Him even when you do not understand. Your faith will be rewarded.