Thomas – the day after Easter

For some unknown reason, Thomas was not present with all the other disciples when Jesus first appeared to them. Jesus showed his wounds that he received on the cross to the          ten that were present. They worshiped Jesus and heard his words of encouragement.

Later Thomas was present with the rest of the disciples. They told him that Jesus visited them and showed his wounds as evidence of his resurrection. Thomas said he would not believe unless he likewise saw those wounds.

Unfortunately, down through the ages Thomas has been called doubting Thomas. He did not doubt. He wanted the same opportunity as the other disciples had to see Jesus in his resurrected form. He simply wanted the same opportunity as everyone else. He wanted an equal standing with the rest of the disciples. He wanted to believe just like the others.

As he and the rest of the disciples were gathered together, Jesus did appear to them all. Jesus showed his wounds to Thomas. Then came one of the greatest scenes that a human could display before God. He fell before the Lord and cried out, “my Lord and my God.” (John 20:28) then Jesus offered the magnificent statement about you and me! He said, “Thomas, because you have seen me, thou hast believed: Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

Thomas and the disciples had physical proof of the resurrection of Christ. Now over two thousand years later, we cannot put forth our hand to touch the wounds from the cross. Yet in faith, we believe that Jesus rose from the dead. In doing so, we have received the blessing of Jesus.

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