April 20, 2014

John 20:19-29

All Christians experience times when they doubt their faith in God. Human logic, vanity, sin, and tragedies are tools Satan use to question God’s existence and love for us. Thomas’ words help us understand the difference between doubt and unbelief. Doubt says, “I cannot believe! There are too many problems!” Unbelief says, “I will not believe unless you give me the evidence I ask for!” 

The next “Lord’s Day,” Jesus dealt personally with Thomas’ unbelief. How gracious our Lord is to stoop to our level of experience in order to lift us up to where we ought to be. The words that Jesus spoke to Thomas translate literally: “Stop becoming faithless, but become a believer.” Jesus saw a dangerous process at work in Thomas’ heart, and he wanted to put a stop to it.

It is an encouragement to us to know that the Lord had a personal interest in and concern for “Doubting Thomas.” He wanted to strengthen his faith and include him in the blessings that lay in store for his followers. Thomas reminds us that unbelief robs us of blessing and opportunities. It may sound sophisticated and intellectual to question what Jesus did, but such questions are usually evidence of hard hearts, not searching minds.