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November 18, 2008 - Devotional: Are You A Doubting Thomas, or Fred, or Mike, or Jane?

"But he (Thomas) said to them, 'Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand in His side, I will not believe it."
(John 20:25)

ARE YOU A DOUBTING THOMAS, OR FRED, OR MIKE, OR JANE?

Scripture does not say exactly how many were in the room when Jesus appeared to them; it just says the disciples were together in a locked room for fear of the Jews. We do know there had to be at least 10.

10 men, brothers in Christ, who walked, talked and lived with Jesus for three years. 10 men who knew Jesus intimately, witnessed all the miracles, and heard all the words. Not only did they know Jesus, they also knew each other. They all lived in awe of Jesus; they shared their fears, their trepidation's, and their doubts. The learned together, struggled together, suffered together and were comforted together.

And here they were, Jesus had been crucified and placed in a borrowed tomb. The were terrified because they didn't understand the prophecies of Jesus rising from the dead, they only felt alone, without direction and hope.

Then Jesus comes among them! A locked door couldn't keep Him out, He simply appears to them and says, "Peace be with you!" John 20:19.

He shows them His hands and His side and the disciples are overjoyed!

All except one...Thomas was not there when Jesus appears. His friends; compatriots, buddies exclaim, "We have seen the Lord!" and Thomas answers, "I don't believe you, unless I see it for myself, I won't believe you!"

Interesting, how much more evidence do we need to believe in God and in Jesus? So many have received Jesus as Lord and have dedicated their lives to proclaiming Jesus. Lives are transformed and love is poured out, yet many still will not believe. They need to see the nail holes and be able to put their finger there to finally come to the realization that Jesus is who He says He is. But your brothers and sisters are waving their arms, and jumping up and down and shouting, "Jesus is real, He changed me. Look at me and you will see the Lord!"

I exhort you my friend, Jesus is the Risen Lord. He came to die for our sins, and for those who put their trust in Him, will be given eternal life in heaven.

Believe in His witnesses, they are the sign you need to see.

Rejoice in the Lord Always!

Dario Ferko

 
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