Goal Forty-nine

Goal forty-nine:

Sometimes we wonder if God really exists. Before I continue, here is a short passage from John 20:19-23 (NIV)

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

So this takes place after Jesus has risen from the grave. He goes to the disciples, shows them His hands and side as evidence it was really Him. (Jesus was nailed to the cross by His hands and feet, and after He had died His side had been stabbed with a spear). Now, there were only ten disciples there at the time. Two were missing: Judas Iscariot, who had hung himself after realizing what he had done (betraying Jesus), and Thomas, who simply happened to be absent.
Now, let’s see what happens next week…this will be John 20:24-29 (NIV)

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though 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; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

All right, you can see that when the other disciples excitedly tell Thomas (a.k.a., Didymus) that they have seen the Lord, he brushes them off and tells them that without evidence, he won’t believe it. Now, you can’t blame Thomas. Jesus had just been crucified and buried in a tomb, and you didn’t exactly see people you had just buried in a cave again. However, Jesus does drop many hints that he is going to die and come back to life, but the disciples never understand.
Next, you see that Jesus has come back, and this time Thomas is there. He shows him his hands and side, just as Thomas had demanded to see in order to believe that Jesus was really alive. And here comes the most important part. Jesus says:

“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

You know what that means? That mean US! We have not been able to touch his nail makes or feel his side, and yet we believe! “Blessed are those…” we will have reward in heaven for having faith that Jesus died for us on the cross for our sins. God will help you get through the doubts Satan puts on your mind; our faith in Him is too strong for the devil!



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