Thomas the doubter. Does that name sound familiar? It’s from a story in the Bible, which takes place after Jesus has risen from the dead and appeared to all of His disciples, save Thomas. Upon hearing the disciples’ story of encountering Jesus, Thomas replied: “Unless I see in His hands the mark of nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25b). Eight days later, Jesus appeared to all His disciples (including Thomas), and after placing his fingers into Jesus’ wounds, Thomas finally believes that Jesus is alive.
The last verse in that passage has always encouraged me.
“Jesus said to him (Thomas), “Have you believed because you have seen? Blessed are those who have not seen, yet have believed.” -John 20:29. The reason why I love it so much is because Jesus is talking to us!
You and I have not seen, yet we have believed! Today we are going to explore the idea of “Faith without sight” and take a look at some other verses that echo the one above.
I don’t know about you, but I feel silly when I don’t believe people sometimes, and other times I feel silly when I do believe them! For insistence, my five-year-old brother has been recently saying “Oh wow! Look at that!”, and when I look, he laughs and says: “Made ya look, made ya look!” So I’ve stopped looking. But every once in a while he’ll see something and point it out, and I won’t look and end up feeling silly.
Was this how Thomas felt? Perhaps, but due to Thomas’ circumstances, I think not. Thomas probably felt depressed and forlorn after Jesus’ death, and the other disciples did too. This was no time for an April Fools’ joke about their Teacher and Friend coming back to life. Besides, Thomas had the assurance of his ten friends, who were all eyewitnesses to this amazing miracle. Although it may have been hard to believe on the spot, Thomas did have a lot of things going to prove the disciples’ story.
So why is this important for us to know? 1 Peter 1:8 says:
“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.” -1 Peter 1:8
Again this verse is talking to us, encouraging us to believe with all our heart that Jesus really is alive. This will give us joy.
What about you? Do you doubt that Jesus rose from the dead? Or do you believe? 2 Corinthians 5:7 reads: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Is this true for you? If it’s not, what can you do about it?
What to do if you do not believe?
Read the Bible. Dig deeper into God’s Word and find answers to your questions. The Bible is true!!
Ask questions to Christian people you trust. Whether it’s your mom or dad, or a leader at your church, talk with them and ask questions.
Pray for faith. Ask God for faith to believe, even when it’s difficult.
Together let’s not be doubters, but a generation that walks by faith.