READ JOHN 11:5-16
How many times have we Christians had our doubts? Be honest about this question, because humanly, it is impossible to believe what God has laid out as the plan for our salvation.
Poor Thomas, the Apostle of Jesus. Imagine being labeled as the “Doubter?” This disciple had to be shown the marks of the spear and the nails which pierced Jesus’ at His crucifixion. He had to physically place his hands in them and touch the scars. I have wondered why Jesus wasn’t completely healed of His wounds when He rose triumphant over death, but they had a purpose, didn’t they? They remained so we Thomas could have proof and we could learn.
Thomas was a fervent follower of Jesus during His ministry. Yet he is one who voiced his questions to Jesus. They must’ve had a very solid relationship for Thomas to open up that way. He wasn’t afraid to communicate with Jesus.
After visiting Mary, Martha and Lazarus in Bethany, He returned to Jerusalem for the Festival of Dedication. After preaching there, he was called a blasphemer by the Jews. They threatened to stone Him, but he fled before they had a chance to. When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, His disciples discouraged Him from going into harms way again. They feared He would be stoned this time for sure.
It was then when Thomas spoke up and said they should all go. This would put the disciples in danger as well, but Thomas was already prepared to die a martyr’s death for His Savior.
We all have doubts at times. Particularly when our lives are in turmoil. When things run smoothly, we easily say we would do anything for our Savior, but when push comes to shove, how many of us are willing to die for our faith? I truthfully would have second thoughts.
Thomas went on to be a great missionary for Christ after the Great Commission was given. His mission stretched out beyond the Roman Empire and may have gotten as far away as India. Eventually Thomas died a martyr’s death. Not only was he willing to die for Christ, but he did.
As we retrace the footsteps of the Lenten season – through the desert, through the streets of Jerusalem, on the road to Calvary – let’s try to meditate on how we would have received Jesus at that time. I believe even His closest followers had questions during that time. They didn’t even understand fully when Jesus instituted His Holy Supper for them. We have the benefit of knowing what happened through the New Testament account. These men had Moses and the prophets. We all like to have proof before we put our faith in something.
These extraordinary apostles of Christ, were very ordinary men – just like you and me – but God selected them to do extraordinary things. We have our times of doubt too, but God has given us proof in His Word. Whenever questions are raised by the devil, causing us to doubt, our comfort and our proof s found in the Bible.