It doesn’t make sense to believe without seeing. That’s how Thomas rolled. He would eventually believe that Jesus had come back to life, but only after seeing Him. He’d heard the startling announcement from the excited Mary Magdalene about how the resurrected Lord had appeared to her and talked with her. Then as the day unfolded, the trembling disciples, all except Thomas, gathered together behind locked doors. So where was he that evening of the resurrection?
But Thomas . . . one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, We saw the Master. But he said, Unless I see the nail holes in His hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in His side, I won’t believe it. (John 20:24,25 MSG)
I haven’t a clue of his whereabouts that night, but I do have an idea of WHY he wasn’t with the crowd who saw Jesus. You’ll not see scripture to back up my theory, but perhaps your own longing heart will concur with my reasoning. Jesus had a message in mind for you and me through the words He spoke to Thomas eight days later. Jesus once again appeared to the group, and this time Thomas was present. Focusing His attention on Thomas, He said . . .
Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe (John 20:27 MSG) And as Thomas believed, Jesus said . . .
So you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing. (John 20:29)
Jesus says we have huge blessings awaiting us when we believe Him without seeing Him!
Sisters, we must encourage each other and work at our faith; no way around it. Circumstances will draw our eyes, but God draws our hearts. Circumstances must not dictate what we believe. We must simply believe God, and believe He’s in control and has purpose in all that unsettles us. Then one day, both our faith and our eyes will be rewarded with the greatest blessing of all, seeing Him up close and personal, Face to face.
“We live by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 CEB)