One of the famous lines from “The Princess Bride,” consists of only one word – “Inconceivable!” It brings to mind that something which has just has occurred is beyond belief, surpassing all understanding or impossible.
It must have been like that when the Resurrected Savior, Jesus appeared to His disciples for the first time after His horrible death. Only hours before they were grieving for Him, feeling guilt over their running away from Him and wallowing in self pity. Kind of like we all do when we think God isn’t present in our lives anymore.
The disciple Thomas wasn’t present for this grand re-entrance and since has been stuck with the name “Doubting Thomas.”
I for one know that my faith is weak and it needs constant nurturing through the answers that lie in the scriptures, but even that isn’t enough. When things are going well for us, we sail along smoothly. The path has no bumps or potholes. The walk is pleasant and easy. As soon as we are faced with adversity, pain, illness, loss of any kind, it’s like being swallowed up by a sinkhole.
The truth is, each one of us is a “Doubting” Thomas. We haven’t had the opportunity to touch the wounds in our risen Savior’s body, but we have complete evidence of the truth in the pages of the Bible.
Jesus reminded Thomas how important faith is in the process of believing without seeing. Faith is described in the dictionary as believing in something that has no evidence to support it. The Bible tells us that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. No matter what the interpretation, faith is built on trust in the one we are asked to believe. In order to receive that faith, we must allow His Holy Spirit to work it into our hearts and minds.
May the light of this post Easter season burn in us constantly. May it be strengthened through God’s own breath pouring into us. May we be filled with the glorious excitement that Jesus did physically rise from death. Only He could conquer death because He IS God. This is amazing news and should be kept alive throughout the year, especially in times like this.
Let’s cut Thomas some slack. Our doubts and fears overcome us all the time. We still need to depend on our God to provide the necessary faith to believe. The Bible tells us in John 20:31, “but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Thank you Dear, Lord, Jesus, for your gift of undeserved grace. Because of you, I can face any situation with joy, even when I’m overcome with sadness. The joy of your resurrection will carry me through this life and into the next. Don’t allow any one or any thing get in the way of that joy. Amen!