IS SEEING BELIEVING?
John 20:25 Thomas said to the other disciples who had seen Jesus: “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.”
We live on the far side of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Today we have the Scriptures available to us. Through reading them we have eyes to see back to the days when Jesus walked the earth. What has been written down is for our benefit. After Jesus ascended into heaven, no man has seen him in his resurrection body but one person, the Apostle Paul. Since then, no man has seen Jesus. You and I are left to read Scripture, hear of the Holy Spirit’s transforming power in the hearts of men and women since the days of Christ.
Today, like Thomas, many people refuse to believe what the Bible tells us of those days. They are like Thomas. They need physical proof before they will believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Unfortunately that is not the way God has ordained his plan for us. Today we have the Bible witness and the living testimonies of believers. We also have the person of the Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds and give sight to our eyes to see that the Bible witness to Jesus is true.
Thomas saw Christ and believed. Today, we believe in order to see. We believe that the Bible is God’s word and witness to truth. The truth is related to Jesus and shows us that he is the Son of God, the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation from the days of Genesis. By the power of the Holy Spirit we believe that the story of Jesus is true. By the witness of other believers we know the truth to God’s presence in people by the Holy Spirit. His working in us moves us to repent of our sins and accept Christ’s suffering as punishment for our sins. His sacrifice is final. He opens the door to our relationship with the Father. Believe today, like Thomas, that Jesus Christ is “my Lord and my God!”