TUESDAY: Know That You Believe Christ
And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
— John 20:28, emphasis added
Thomas was not present on the first occasion when Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Resurrection. The others told him about it afterward, but he replied, “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 it” (John 20:25 NIV).
Thomas is our pattern; he reflects a part of us because we also struggle and doubt. Yet Christ understands and will meet us at that point of struggle—as He did for Thomas. Although Jesus offered to fulfill the conditions of Thomas’ test, the mere sight of Him was enough; he fell at Christ’s feet and worshiped.
Is that sight not clear enough for you also? Are Jesus’ wounded hands not evidence enough for you of His love? God the Father says that His action in Christ is perfectly clear, so much so that there is no excuse for failure to believe it. In fact, He says that the way of salvation in Christ … has been made known … (Romans 3:21 NIV). The way of salvation has been made as clear as a pristine mountain stream.
“Today the hand of a gracious God holds out the way of salvation to you. He asks you to look closely at His hand, for it is a wounded hand, one bearing the print of the nail received by Jesus when He died for your salvation. By faith you may put out your hand and touch that wound, which is irrefutable evidence of God’s great love for you.
The One extending that hand died for you. Allow Him to enclose your hand, to enclose you, and to bring you into that great company of those who possess eternal life and who shall never perish.” 1
Bring your lack of faith and your doubts to Him. With the hand of faith, reach out and touch Him today! For wherever you are, Jesus is there. Just think of all Christ can do now that He is available anywhere, anytime, and to anyone!
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