Are you a skeptic? Otherwise known as a doubting Thomas? It’s not a bad thing, apart from the fact that Jesus says those who believe without seeing are blessed. Jesus response to skeptics is not judgment or criticism, however. It is engaging and interactive…
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Jesus is glad to have Thomas put his finger into his pierced side and to show Thomas his nail scars. Why? Because Jesus knew that once Thomas interacted with the resurrected Jesus, he would know Jesus was alive. True to that, Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and my God,” to Jesus when he realized it was him.
Thomas was the first person to identify Jesus as God – directly from the Greek, it is, “The Lord of me and the God of me!” This is how people respond when they meet Jesus in their lives – when they see him as the saviour of their lives.
And to skeptics everywhere, Jesus would like to interact with you also. He is not a God far off who is remote from his people. Jesus is here and now and will change your life if you are willing.
In Isaiah 1:18, God offers to us, ‘let us reason together.’ He promises to make our sins, red like crimson or scarlet, to be white like snow or wool. He invites the conversation because God is open to everyone – no one is too far gone. A sin cannot be too crimson.
Psalm 34:8 instructs, “taste and see that the Lord is good…’ He is good. And he is alive. And he wants us all to believe upon him.
Will you put your hand in his side?