Do not doubt but believe.

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” -John 20:27-29 NRSV

It is a week after Easter. Thomas was absent when Jesus first appeared to the disciples and has refused to accept the testimony of those who saw the resurrected Christ. In an intense dramatical moment the Lord once again materializes before his friends. Jesus offers Thomas a rebuke. Thomas is shocked into belief and can utter but a few words.

I think that Thomas is representative of many 21st century skeptics. Society's preoccupation with things that can be experienced with our senses have blinded some from things that can only be seen through the eyes of faith. Such folks relegate the resurrection of Christ to myth. Even so, the words of Christ still ring true, we are blessed when we believe.

We are blind Lord. Open our eyes to your invisible kingdom. Help us to believe even though we have not seen,

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.


  1. Sometimes that faith comes hard. I am thankful that God is faithful, even when my faith is small


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