The reading for today is John 20: 26 – 29, KJV.
"After eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with the: then Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood midst, and said, "Peace be upon you." Then saith he to Thomas, "Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands, and reach hither my hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, "My Lord and my God." Jesus saith unto him, "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
Almost every Christian knows the story of Thomas. Being from Missouri, I understand where Thomas was coming from with his doubt. Yet here we have the story when Thomas sees Jesus for the first time after Calvary. He had been told by all the others that they had seen the Lord. Thomas was not buying it.
Two things catch my attention the devotion. First, Jesus demands Thomas touch his wounds. He uses the word "thrust" so Thomas has no doubt it is Jesus. He does so where the spear pierced Jesus on the cross to accelerate his death. This was a common Roman practice for those being crucified but it also fulfilled a prophecy. Jesus needed to get Thomas' attention.
The second thing Jesus said is in the last sentence. He gives us a blessing. We are part of those who have never seen him but do believe. Think about this. Not one of us has ever met Jesus like the disciples had. Nor have we met him like Paul did on the Damascus Road. Yet, we have faith in him and believe all he does for us. One other word used by Jesus is "faithless". This is a very scary word. It could mean having faith but rejecting faith. Very strong warning by Jesus.
Prayer Concern - Pray for strength in your faith. Pray for believing without seeing. Pray for the Holy Spirit to take hold of you and your household.