The Week Following Easter

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26 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.” (John 20:26)


I wonder what the conversation was throughout that week. On Easter evening, Jesus appeared to the disciples, who were locked behind closed doors. It was His first appearance to the group following His resurrection. Thomas wasn’t with them. Jesus departed before Thomas returned. When it was announced to him that Jesus was alive and had been in their midst, Thomas would not believe. Proof! That’s what he needed. Physical proof that the crucified and buried Jesus was indeed alive.

It wasn’t until the next Sunday that Jesus appeared again to the disciples. This time Thomas was in their company.

But, before we continue with that account, let’s ponder what that week must have held for Thomas. I’m sure the rest of the disciples spoke all week about the resurrected Jesus. The women most likely shared their accounts of meeting Jesus outside the tomb. The disciples who, on Easter evening, were met by Jesus on the road to Emmaus, must have continued to tell their amazing story. Picture the scene—those who had seen the resurrected Savior were excitedly talking about their shock that turned into joy the moment they realized Jesus was alive. They each shared the first words spoken to them by the Victorious Lord. Each of them excitedly recounted those glorious moments.

Except for Thomas. I wonder what went through his mind. So many of his friends claimed to see the Savior. Their excitement was obviously something more than an imagination gone wild. But still, how could he believe a tortured, battered and beaten Jesus could ever come back to life?

Thomas experienced what we encounter throughout our lives. Perhaps that week of Thomas’ life can represent our lives from the time we are called to faith until the day we see Jesus face-to-face. Like Thomas, we too hear the Gospel message, but so many times we doubt. We might not doubt the resurrection itself, but we are often found doubting God’s plans, God’s will, God’s presence.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus warned His disciples that, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). I’m sure Thomas truly wanted to believe that Jesus was alive, but human reason got in the way. Our imperfect reason often gets in the way of our faith walk. There are times we wonder and question and yes, we doubt.

And Jesus still loves us. He still comes to us, inviting us to embrace Him by faith and find the peace that He offers through His resurrection that assures us sin is forgiven, life is renewed, and life is eternal.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the victory You won on the cross and through the open tomb. Bless me with such a faith that I may embrace You and all Your truths. I pray this in Your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.

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