The scripture for today is John 20:28 KJV.
"And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God."
Don't you just love Thomas? He is so fallibly human! He doubted the disciples when they told him of the return and appearance of Jesus, and the reaction of Thomas was pretty much an "Oh, sure. I'm not going to believe that unless I put my finger into the print of the nails and my hand into his side. No way!" How many times have we said, "I'll believe it when I see it?"
After eight days, Jesus appeared to all of them and Jesus told Thomas to reach out his finger and see his (Jesus's} hands, and to take his hand and thrust it into Jesus's side. That's when Thomas said, "My Lord and my God." Even though Jesus wasn't there when Thomas expressed his disbelief, He knew exactly what Thomas needed to see in order for him to believe it really was Jesus.
Some have said the expression was more of surprise than belief, just as we might say, "My God, what a terrible thunderstorm!" I believe Thomas came to believe at that time.
Jesus told Thomas he believed because he saw, and said "...blessed are they that have not seen, and yet believe." (John 20:28) We cannot see the wind, yet we see the effects of it. We cannot see any air, yet we breathe it and it gives us life. We cannot see the wounds of Jesus, nor His ascension, yet we believe, and that belief gives us eternal life.
Great Creator, loving Father, help us to be more faith-filled and faithful. Show us the way past our own doubts. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
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