For whatever reason, Thomas missed the first meeting of doom and gloom of the disciples after Jesus’ crucifixion, behind locked doors, when the newly risen Lord appeared to them. He then spent a week of nurturing his doubt and his refusal to believe his friends.
When Jesus appeared a week later, the Lord, knowing of Thomas’s skepticism, addressed him directly.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and examine my hands. Extend your hand and put it into my side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.” John 20.27
A number of versions translate Jesus’ command this way: “Stop doubting.”
Jesus provides all the evidence necessary to resolve our doubts. To Thomas he showed his hands, with the imprints of the nails, and his side, that had been pierced with the spear of the soldier while he hung, already dead, on the cross.
Jesus does not want us to continue with our doubt, for it destroys faith, if it is not resolved. At times, it serves as an excuse not to do God’s will. Or it is used as a cover to do evil.
Doubt cannot remain without harming us. And Jesus knows that we today need to stop with doubt. He said, “Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed” John 20.29. In the same way that Jesus prayed for us today, John 17, he offers us evidences of his resurrection as well, that we might believe in him, 1 Corinthians 15.1-8.
The issue is not if evidence exists, but if we are going to admit its solid nature, in order to believe in Jesus. The Scriptures present us with evidence of Jesus. The person who considers them impartially will put an end to doubt. By them is proved that Jesus is the resurrected Christ, Acts 18.28.
To cease doubting means that we must take action, to believe, to trust in the Lord, to surrender to him our life, to follow him. And to confess him, as Thomas did: “My Lord and my God!” John 20.28.
Father, we believe in Jesus, for the evidences are conclusive.
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