Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
Jesus is risen from the dead! His disciples are so confused and amazed. Mary Magdalene believes quickly, when He calms her by name. But for others, and Thomas, Jesus must show them His scarred hands and side before they believe and are glad ‘when they see the Lord’. Jesus’ first friends and followers have seen so many amazing things in His company, but still this would have been mind blowing. Jesus enters with ‘peace be with you’. They would have needed it. He is on a mission. He doesn’t dally in commissioning them, sending them into the world for the Gospel.
I love how relatable the disciples are in this passage. How human they are and in need of reassurance and peace. Jesus is quick to show them the scars, and is kind and patient with the doubters. When I doubt I know I am not the first one. And though there is no tangible side to place my hand on to bring assurance, He is always faithful in my questions and struggles, leading me back to the point of saying again “my Lord and my God”. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. But for those who sometimes doubt in their seeking after Him, He is ever faithful.
Lord sometimes I believe without seeing, and I am grateful for the testimonies in my life that remind me of Your glory and goodness, and the grace of salvation. Lord on the Thomas days, thank you that I am not the first or the last, but that you are faithful and sure. That when I seek, I find. And when I drink from your well, I find that you are good. Thank you Jesus for meeting us right where we are at. And for not leaving us unchanged.