Proof Positive

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27 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.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”(John 20:27-28)

 

And there it is! The proof that Thomas requested—what he needed—was right in front of him, beckoning him to come and touch.
 

The original language, in which the New Testament was written, gives the understanding that Jesus said to Thomas, “Bring your finger over here and see my hands. Thrust your hand into my side.” Now that’s an invitation. Since Thomas was asking for specific proof, Jesus is willing to give it. If Thomas wanted an “up close and personal” proof that Jesus was physically resurrected from the grave, that’s exactly what he’ll get.
 

I wonder if Thomas did it. If wonder if Thomas brought his finger to Jesus and touched the Savior’s loving hands that were nailed to the cross for our sins. I wonder if Thomas actually placed his hand up into the side of Jesus who was pierced by the Roman spear to assure His death.
 

I tend to believe he didn’t. I think that just the presence of Jesus was enough. Proof positive. No doubt. After all, seeing is believing!
 

But Jesus reminded Thomas and us, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Ouch! I wonder how Thomas felt after hearing that. Embarrassment? Shame? Perhaps. If he did feel these emotions they certainly were swallowed up by the joy our resurrected Jesus brings to those who believe. Thomas exclaims, “My Lord and my God!”

 

We believe. We believed that Jesus lived the perfect life for us. We believe that Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sin. We believe that Jesus rose from the grave to open the door to heaven. Yes, we believe! We believe that the true Body and the true Blood of Jesus are present with the bread and the wine of Holy Communion. We believe Jesus is with us always. We believe that Jesus is coming again to take us and all believers to live with Him in the perfections of heaven. WE BELIEVE!

 

And this God-given faith swallows up the shame of sin and the dread of death and the fear of the future, as we hear, with the ears of faith, the resurrected Jesus say to us, “Peace be with you.”
 

Prayer: O Holy Spirit, I thank You that by the power of Your Word in the waters of baptism You have brought me to faith in my Savior, Jesus. I thank You that through the Holy Supper You strengthen my faith and connect me to the forgiveness of sins. Continue, by the power of Your Word, to strengthen me that I may always see Jesus with the eyes of faith. I pray this in the name of the resurrected Jesus. Amen.


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