"Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”" (John 20:19-29)
Jesus Christ had risen from the dead, but Thomas would not believe until he placed his fingers in the holes in Jesus’ hands and put his hand in Jesus’ side. Jesus allowed Thomas to do so. Thomas then declared the words you see on the wristbands we have shared: “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:28).
This is a message about coming to faith in the risen Savior Jesus Christ! The spiritual challenge to you is: DO YOU BELIEVE?
Do you believe the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15; Rom. 1:16; 10:16; 2 Cor. 4:4)? Do you believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead (1 Thess. 4:14)? Do you believe He is the Son of God (1 John 5:1-5)? Do you believe that He died that you may live eternally (John 3:15; 1 John 5:13)? Do you believe that He has the words of eternal life (John 6:68)? Do you believe that He will come again to take those who believe home with Him to heaven (John 14:1-4)? Do you believe that He is the only WAY to the Father (John 14:6)? Do you believe His truth can set you free from sin (John 8:31-32)? Do you believe He will one day judge the living and the dead by the standard of His word (Acts 10:40-42; 1 Pet. 4:5)? Do you believe that your sins, no matter how grievous, may be forgiven (Acts 13:38; 1 John 1:8-10)? Do you believe that God loves you (John 3:16)?
Or, are you as Thomas once was, one who doubts because he has not seen?
An amazing facet of the accounts we have in the scriptures are that they are the first-hand, Spirit-inspired testimony of those who walked, talked, ate and drank with Jesus. We accept so many things today as truth with much less evidence and much less convincing. Think about it. Why is it that you struggle so much with these truths about Jesus?
Perhaps it is simply because you do not want to believe?
Thomas wanted to believe. He just needed more evidence. He needed more proof. Jesus was willing to provide that proof. Still, there comes a point where faith is not about seeing, but faith is about trusting. Faith is ultimately about crossing that bridge between what we can know for sure because we have seen and what we simply have to accept by trusting God and His inspired testimony. We all have faith, but the question is, “In what is our faith?” All of us must choose at some point to cross that bridge. Will you wait until you see Jesus in judgment with your own eyes—when you are beyond the hope of salvation? Or will you, as you live and breath here and now, “confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation” (Rom. 10:8-10)? As Jesus said, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
So, here is the challenge. Do you believe?
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