After the resurrection Jesus appeared to the disciples but Thomas one of the 12 was not with them. Later when Thomas arrived, they told him that Jesus had appeared to them and was alive. Thomas refused to believe that this was so. He like the rest of the group had seen Jesus crucified, he knew that the dead do not raise themselves and that it was not possible that Jesus could have come back from the dead.

I worked for a couple of years with the New York City Police Dept, and know that when something happens and you have eye witnesses to the occurence no two will agree on what happened. One will have seen someone 6 feet tall with dark hair driving a dark car, another will see a someone with light hair, only about 5 foot 6 inches and driving a white car. The one who was not there, the police officer will not be able to believe what these people say, but will write the report of each persons statements. Thomas was not there, so did not believe what the others saw, because he did not see it himself.

Like the police officer, we have trouble believing things unless we see them for ourselves. Sometimes we are so adamant that we disbelieve even those things that we see others do. This is especially true when people do things in the name of Jesus, because Jesus taught that we are to love our neighbor as ourself. In the 2nd century in the midst of persecution, Christians would still rescue babies left for wild animals because their parents didn’t want them. They would go to neighbors homes and pray over them when they were sick, bringing herbs and spices, cooking meals for those who had need. This was because they had experienced the coming of Jesus into their lives and knew who he was and is. The same is true for us today, many do not know him, some even hate that Christians claim to know him. In many countries there is much persecution, yet the followers of Christ continue to increase. The reason for this is because christian people continue to pray, to bring love into lives hurting from the lives they have to live, and because christian people even bring healing love into dark corners of life, healing the hurts that life puts upon people.

What happened to the story of Thomas? Here is what happened:

John 20:24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin,[b] was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (English Standard Version)

Jesus tells Thomas and us as well, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” If you are wondering about this Jesus that we talk about, may I suggest that you read the gospel of John – Jesus would love to meet with you, and fill you with his grace and love. The apostle John wrote his gospel to tell the story of Jesus, here is what he says beginning in verse 30:

30  Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31  but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Come Journey with me and all who call upon the name of Jesus, learn of him and of his love for you.