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.
John 20: 25
Reading: John 20: 24-29
Everyone knew without a shadow of doubt that Jesus had come alive again from the dead – everyone except the one who is known to us as Doubting Thomas.
Thomas had not been amongst the disciples on Easter Sunday, so he did not see the risen Jesus for himself. I wonder why he was not present on that occasion? Perhaps he had an important event happening elsewhere? Perhaps he was overcome with frustration and fear and unbelief and sorrow. We can only conjecture.
Eight day later, however, he was once again united with the others and Jesus was gracious enough to pay them another visit, a visit intended to reassure Thomas. Thomas was, in fact, so convinced that he fell down and worshipped Jesus as “Lord and God” – leaving us a wonderful example to follow.
Let us not give up meeting together – especially now in these Covid-lockdown times – for in doing so, we rob ourselves of encounters with the risen Lord. How do we encounter the risen Lord mostly today? Through the sharing of gifts and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit when we gather together with God’s people. By all means keep your gatherings small, by all mean take wise precautions, but do not close Church.
Lord, help me to understand that it is Your good pleasure to meet with me, with others.
For the family
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