Day One: Blessed are those…

John 20:24-29 –Thomas… was not with the disciples when Jesus came…
He said, “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.”
A week later… Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 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.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Many times I have read this passage and “found myself” in it in Thomas’ shoes. I pray for, imagine, and experience, Jesus coming to me, showing Himself to me and saying, “Stop doubting and believe.”

Yet now, I see that I have been part of this passage all along in Jesus’ pronouncement – “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  This is me, this is us, this is His church in each century since these words were spoken. Jesus had us in mind at this moment, and named us blessed ones, who believe in Him without seeing.

Let’s thank God for this blessing.  Pray that our churches will abound with His presence revealed, that others may “see” the unseen Christ, believe in Him, and live this blessing with us.

– BR