Everyone has them. Even the greats, the likes of Job and David and John the Baptist. Maybe some have more than others, but everyone has doubts. Everyone has at times struggled with taking God at His word. The prevalence of doubt doesn’t make it any less the sin that it is. Doubt says, 'My God cannot be trusted.' Doubt dishonors God. So Jesus rebuked His doubting disciple, saying to Thomas, "Stop doubting and believe." Let us take that to heart as we learn from Thomas. (John 20:24-29)
The other disciples had been telling him, "We have seen the Lord!" When we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we are celebrating eyewitness accounts of the fact. Listen to the disciples. Like Thomas we might object, "I didn’t see Him; how can I know this is true?" Parents, would you accept that from your children when you are trying to share your knowledge and wisdom of what you’ve witnessed and experienced in life? But see how patient the Lord Jesus is with you as He was with Thomas. He doesn’t come to Thomas saying, 'How dare you insist on more proof when I told you I would rise; how dare you doubt me and the witnesses I have given you!' Instead He says, "See my wounds, touch my hands and my side." Why point out His wounds? Because the truth of who Jesus is and what He has done for us by His wounds breaks down all conditions and dispels all doubts. His wounds testify that He paid the highest price to meet the demand of justice and set us free from the penalty our sins have earned us – His wounds testify that we are forgiven! This is the grace that prompted Thomas to emphatically exclaim, "My Lord and my God!" as he looked upon the wounds of his God. Yes, listen to 'doubting Thomas' and learn from him. THE RISEN SAVIOR DISPELS ALL DOUBTS!
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.