Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So 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 it.” 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!” 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. “Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” –John 20:24-29
The Bible is silent as to Thomas’ whereabouts when Jesus has come to the apostles the first time. He is not there. Perhaps he has been mourning and wanted to be alone. Maybe he could not accept want has happened to the Lord so he wanted to be all by himself. He could have been asking himself what he is supposed to do next. He has missed the wonderful miracle of the resurrection that day because is absent.
When the other apostles have told him what they have seen, he would not want to believe. Perhaps he would not want to entertain false hopes and just wants to get over with the pain. Until after a week, the Lord has come to the apostles again and this time Thomas is with them.
The Lord has shown his hands and side to Thomas and He tells him to believe. When Thomas has touched the Lord’s hands and side he cried, “My Lord and my God!”
Sometimes in our pain and sufferings, we could not easily accept circumstances that happen in our lives. We twist in pain and we want to people to leave us alone. During these times of suffering, we can tell the Lord all our worries and doubts. We can open up to Him and tell Him what we want to happen, and He will surely meet our needs and respond to our terms.
The Lord has been patient with Thomas and has taken care of his faith like a child. The Lord has not answered him with indignation but with loving affection. He is the same with us.
The Lord loves us so much that He never leaves us in any circumstance. Sometimes, we miss his blessing and counsel every time we skip church services. Let us not miss getting together as a church in worshipping God.
Even if we have struggles and we could not understand what is happening to us, let us not give up. Let the power of Christ’s resurrection fill us and rekindle our faith.
Thomas has seen so he believed. May we be among those who are blessed to believe even though they have not seen the Lord’s hands and side.
Digested from a sermon by: Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church, May 1, 2011
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