Let Me Say It Again: Peace Be To You (Part 3)

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“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.’ 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.’” John 20:6-27
When someone comes late to a meeting, do you start all over again so they can catch up? If someone is late to a meal, do you all wait for them, letting the food get cold while you wait? If you’re the one who’s late, are you upset if people don’t wait for you but go ahead without you?

Those are the hard questions of business meetings and family gatherings. Those were the hard questions of Thomas this week of Easter. He had not been with the disciples when they first saw Jesus and likely felt left out from the excitement and joy that they had all week. So, he said he wouldn’t believe the resurrection news until he had seen Jesus as they had. Was it news too good to be true or was he feeling left out? Regardless, Thomas spent the week on the edge of the others with their joy.

Perhaps you can relate to Thomas as you have also felt left on the edge of the joy shown by others. Everyone else seems to have no doubts but only joy. Like Thomas, you’d be glad to have that same certainty but so far, you don’t feel as sure as others appear.

What a gracious visit Jesus makes for Thomas and for us all. Wouldn’t it have been easy for Jesus to ignore Thomas and his demand? Wasn’t it enough to save the world through the cross? And yet, Jesus comes to appear to Thomas to give him the certainty he lacked. And he reminds us that the visual proof that Thomas received wasn’t even the best experience. He reminds Thomas that he believed because he saw but more blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe, John 20:29. That’s the faith we want. Lord, give us the peace that comes by faith that doesn’t need to see. And with that faith, help us to hear again and believe the best news ever, peace that comes from you.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, with great patience you hear our doubts and then visit us with the news of resurrection. Give us the peace that comes by believing without seeing. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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