“I AM the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” ~ John 10:11
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
And after eight days again His disciples were inside and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see my hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have your believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” – John 20:24-29
Let’s look at Thomas…
Jesus invited his disciples to accompany him on a dangerous mission. A friend had died, and he wanted to go and publicly raise his friend from death. Feeling pessimistic, Thomas heaved a deep sigh and muttered, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
This disciple probably went by the motto, ‘if anything bad can happen, it will’. Death hung like a dark cloud over his vision of the future.
It wasn’t that Thomas’ vision was unrealistic. There were powerful persons upset with Jesus’ ministry and teachings. Upset enough to kill. Jesus and his followers had been lying low in the wake of this rising opposition.
Thomas’ worst fears came true. Jesus was arrested, quickly tried and executed. Once again the disciples had to lie low, this time without their master. Thomas was gone when Jesus appeared to them after his resurrection. When the disciples told Thomas that they had seen their master alive, that he was risen from the dead, he shook his head in disbelief.
Staring incredulously, he said: “Unless I see in his hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the wounds, and put my hand into the wound in his side, I will not believe.”
Imagine Thomas’ shock when he saw the risen Lord. Imagine his dismay when he realized that he had doubted, that he had discounted any hope of Jesus rising from the dead.
Jesus said, “Reach here your finger, and see my hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side.” These were words of chastisement . . . but they were words of holy chastisement. The purpose was the restoration of Thomas. This invitation to touch Jesus’ wounds, resulted in Thomas’ healing. His heart was broken as he cried, “My Lord and my God!”
We can know that Jesus was from God, even that he died on a cross. But the master invites us to go further – to touch his wounds, to experience him alive from the dead . . . to discover that he died for us. May we, like Thomas, lose all doubt as we embrace the wounds of Jesus and confess him as our Lord and our God.
It was a quiet night, Jesus was waiting in a convenient spot, maybe beside a fire. Nicodemus came in secret to speak with Jesus. Nicodemus was on the other team from Jesus. He was Pharisee, a member of the group trying to trap Jesus, the ones who will eventually accuse Jesus before the temple authorities chanting “Crucify him.” Nicodemus was risking a lot by bringing his questions to Jesus. Nicodemus risks being discovered, losing his place in his community, losing all respect from his peers. And Nicodemus was not even sure about this Jesus guy.
1 Now there came a man of the Pharisees whose name was Nicodemus, a member of the council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could do the miraculous signs that you do unless God were with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?”
5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus replied, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I tell you the solemn truth, we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. 12 If I have told you people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
16 For this is the way God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. 19 Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. 21 But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.146
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a river bank, with roots that reach deep into the water.” ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8
tonight,, the daily-bible i read before my sleep,, taught me about how to be a good servant; how it is better to avoid those profane and vain babblings and how to forgive them. Jesus reminds us million times to forgive others,, what a beautiful reminder! 🙂
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.