Do You Believe?
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe”
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.”
None of us can genuinely be critical of Thomas for his desire to have evidence that Jesus was actually raised from the dead. Even today, if you are honest with yourself, you’ll agree, that we give critical thought to the resurrection and to what it means to us. As with Thomas, Jesus is passionate about us getting evidence of the resurrection so that we may say, as Thomas did: “My Lord and My God!”
Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
In response to those who attempt to falsify the resurrection, the apostle Paul said; “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”
The resurrection of Christ from the dead means everything to the Christian faith; if Christ has not been raised from the dead your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
As Christians, we do not live based on what we see, but based on what we believe; “We live by faith and not by sight” faith comes from hearing the word of God. The word of God clearly reveals that the body of Jesus was missing from the tomb, and that after his resurrection he appeared alive to his disciples, and after that appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters.
I believe, Do You believe?
Devotion with pastor Don Bright