“Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” [John 20:25 ESV]
I think that it is so interesting how Thomas rejected the witness of his friends.
These had actually seen the resurrected Christ and testified about it to Thomas.
In a sense Thomas was the first skeptic in a very long procession of skeptics.
Many people reject the testimony of first hand witnesses like John, the writer of this passage.
Strange how skeptics think that it is 'intellectual' to dismiss these eye witness accounts.
It seems to be a case of willful ignorance and an unwillingness to believe.
Eight days later, Jesus appeared again and confronted Thomas saying:
“Have you believed because you have seen me?This account not only confronts the willful ignorance of Thomas but of modern day skeptics as well.
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
In reality faith is embracing a message told by faithful witnesses.
A blessing comes when we believe what we have not seen.
I am one of those who have been blessed by believing the reports of the faithful.
Lord I believe the reports of the witnesses. Thank you for their first hand reports.
... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.