Thomas, one of the Apostles, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.
So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them,
THOMAS Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the
nails were, and put my hands into his side, I will not believe it.” (A week
later Jesus’s 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,)
JESUS Put your finger here; see my
hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.
THOMAS My Lord and my God!
JOHN Thomas, Jesus wasn’t hard on you for your
doubts. Despite your skepticism, you were still loyal to the believers and to
Jesus himself. I guess, some people need to doubt before they believe. If doubt
leads to questions, questions lead to answers, and the answers are accepted,
then doubt has done good work. It is when doubt becomes stubbornness and
stubbornness becomes a life-style that doubt harms faith. When we doubt, we
can’t stop there. We must let our doubt deepen our faith as we continue to
search for the answer.
JESUS Whoever believes in God is not condemned, but
whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in
the name of God’s one and only Son.
JOHN People often try to protect themselves
from their fears by putting their faith in something they do or have: good
deeds, skill or intelligence, money or possessions. But only God can save us
from the one thing that we really need to fear – eternal condemnation. We
believe in God by recognizing the insufficiency of our own efforts to find
salvation and by asking him to work in us. When you, Jesus, talk about
unbelievers, you mean those who reject or ignore him completely, not those who
have momentary doubts.
ANDREW With God, anything is possible, It is easy to
doubt or misunderstand what God wants to do in our lives. Even God’s people
sometimes make the mistake of trusting their intellect or experience rather than
God. When tempted to think that one of God’s promises is impossible, remember
his work throughout history. God’s power is not confined by narrow perspective
or bound by human limitations. We need to trust him completely.
Satan may tempt us to doubt Christ‘s true identity. He knows that once we begin
to question whether or not Jesus is God, it’s far easier to get us to do what he
wants. Times of questioning can help us sort out our beliefs and strengthen our
faith, but those times can also be dangerous. If you are dealing with doubt,
realize that you are especially vulnerable to temptation. Even as you search for
answers, protect yourself by meditating on the unshakable truths of Gods Word. I
remember when you, Jesus, were talking to John’s disciples,
JESUS Go back and
report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk,
those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the
good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on
account of me.
MATTHEW We need to look around our environment and see God’s work
in it. With so much evidence, your faith will be renewed. If you sometimes doubt
your salvation, the forgiveness of your sins, or God’s work in your life look at
the evidence in Scripture and the changes in your life. When you doubt, don’t
turn away from Christ; turn to him.
ANDREW Jesus, you are showing us and
explaining to us that you are doing what was predicted that you were to do. God
can handle our doubts, and he welcomes our questions. If anyone has questions,
they need to admit them to yourself and to God, and begin looking for answers.
Only as we face our doubts honestly can you begin to resolve them.
shouldn’t get upset at ourselves for being slow to understand everything about
Jesus. But we need to believe through faith. We should do no less. I remember,
when you warned us against wrong teaching,
JESUS Why are you talking about
having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you
PETER Sometimes we are slow to catch on. Although you, Jesus, have
brought us through trials and temptations in the past, we don’t believe that you
will do it in the future. Is our hearts too closed to take in all that God can
do for you? Don’t be like the disciples. Remember what Christ has done, and have
faith that he will do it again.
- Children (georgehach.wordpress.com)