DayBreaks for 01/15/14 – Where Thomas Found Faith
NOTE: I am traveling for work this week so I’ll be recycling some DayBreaks from previous years. New DayBreaks will resume again on 1/20/2014. Thanks for your understanding!
From the DayBreaks archive, 1/7/2004:
John 20:26-28 (NLT) – “Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.”
I like Thomas. I have a hunch that if the truth were told and I were in his place, I’d have said the same thing. “I won’t believe unless I see and touch his hands and feet!” Think about it. What would you think if at lunch today a bunch of your friends told you that they saw Princess Diana in the lunchroom? Wouldn’t your first thoughts be, “Yeah, sure. If you saw anything, you maybe saw an impersonator or a look-alike, but you didn’t see Princess Diana. She’s dead and gone.” Even if I went and saw such a person in the lunchroom with my own eyes, I’d probably not believe it was her, either.
In the case of Jesus, Thomas had a way of telling whether this was an impostor or not. He had the nail holes in the hands, feet and the spear wound in the side. But that’s not really the point that I want to make. Thomas had missed the first “meeting” of Jesus with the other apostles for some reason – we’re not told why he wasn’t there, just that he wasn’t part of that meeting. In John 20, however, things had changed. Thomas was gathered with the rest of the apostles, and it is there, in the midst of the fellowship of believers, that he was once again drawn into the fellowship of faith.
Jesus could have chosen to appear to Thomas in his garden, or at the corner fish market or in the synagogue. But he didn’t. He waited until Thomas came back to the fellowship that Thomas found faith.
How is your faith? Is it weak because you’ve not been in the fellowship of believers? Stop pretending that you don’t need church – that you don’t need others who share a common faith in Christ Jesus around you all the time! We are told that we should gather together not only so that we can worship God, but so we can encourage one another in our faith. Don’t even pretend that you don’t need encouragement – it would be the height of hypocrisy! Everyone needs encouragement in the Christian walk!
Perhaps you’ve been putting off going to church. Isn’t it time to get started? Who knows? Perhaps like Thomas, you’ll once again discover what you once believed in and you, too, will make the same wonderful discovery and confession all over again, “My Lord and my God!”
PRAYER: Lord, it is our pride that makes us think that we are strong enough to not need the fellowship of the saints and communal worship! Free us from the delusions and lies the enemy tells us that we don’t need one another and encouragement! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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