June 1 – Believe
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1-2:7 / John 20:10-31 / Proverbs 13:20-14:4
There are things in life that are sometimes hard to believe. We are not easily convinced of things that defy the laws of nature or things that we know are humanly impossible. When Jesus rose from the dead, His disciples had difficulties “believing” that He was alive.
Jesus miraculously entered the disciples locked house and revealed Himself to them. After He showed them His hands and His side, they believed and were overjoyed. All of the disciples were there except Thomas. When the disciples told him about Christ’s resurrection, he didn’t believe them. He wanted to experience it first hand saying, “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 it.” (John 20:25)
Because of this, Thomas has been labeled – “Doubting Thomas”. Jesus allowed Thomas to live with his doubt and He revealed Himself to Thomas a week later. Thomas was told to place his fingers in Christ’s nail pierced hands and his speared side. Jesus told him, “Stop doubting and believe”. (20:27)
John doesn’t say that Thomas actually did as Christ suggested, only that Thomas said, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas believed! We often forget that the other disciples saw Christ’s wounds before they believed so they were not any different than Thomas. Jesus showed Himself to them because it was important to their faith and to the validity of His mission. The resurrection proved that He was Redeemer and Savior.
Jesus did many miraculous signs that authenticated His Sonship and mission. Some of those miracles and Christ’s words were written so that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing we may have life in his name. (v.31) Our faith is based upon the truth and assurance of God’s Word. Because of that type of faith, Jesus says, “Blessed are those, who have not seen and yet have believed.” When we Believe, we will be Blessed!