Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well, and that this devotion finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!
Happy Easter! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!
Readings for April 11, 2021; Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 148; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “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 his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. John 20:24-26a
Has it ever struck you that although Thomas did not believe what his buddies were saying about Jesus, he still hung around them? Despite his unbelief in their confession and proclamation that Jesus is alive, that he rose from the dead, and he is all that he said he is, Thomas continued to stay in their midst, to eat meals with them. They continued to consider Thomas their friend and brother, and they his.
Over that week, I would expect the disciples reminisced of their past experiences together with Jesus, and Thomas would have chimed in. I also expect the disciples continued to talk about Jesus’ recent appearance and that Thomas would have plied them with questions: “You said the doors were locked. Tell me again how he got into the room?” or “What does it mean, ‘Peace be with you’? We are hiding from the Jewish leaders and afraid for our lives because we followed him. What peace can we have now?” or “Where did he go? Where is he now?” Yes, throughout that particular week, I can imagine Thomas said over and over again, “But it defies all logic. It just doesn’t make sense. I just can’t believe it!” and the disciples replied, “Yes, but Thomas…”.
The disciples who saw Jesus were not going to be persuaded to Thomas’ way of thinking. They had just spent time with their friend and teacher, whom they saw brutally killed before their very own eyes. He was alive! Jesus had rose from the dead and conquered death, just as he had said. Yes, Jesus was their Lord and Saviour, and nothing or nobody was going to tell them otherwise. And in this assurance, they continued to proclaim Jesus to Thomas while still welcoming him into their fold. They did not turn their friend away who continued to struggle with unbelief, and he did not try to leave. No, they continued to love him, be friends with him, and proclaim their love for Jesus, despite Thomas’ doubt. And then Jesus took care of the rest.
In the same way, do you have loved ones- friends and family- that speak as Thomas did, “I do not believe,” and yet continue to desire your love and friendship? If so, continue to love them and befriend them, but be as confident and forthright about your love and faith in Jesus, your Lord and Saviour. Do not shy away from living your life as his beloved child and proclaiming him to those whom are in your midst. Yes, continue to confidently live your faith and God will do the rest. By his grace and in his time, they too will proclaim of Jesus as Thomas, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20: 28:b)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I love you! You are my Saviour! Please forgive me when I shy away or do not proclaim your love to others. By your Holy Spirit, help me to confidently proclaim you to those whom you put in my life. Today, I especially pray for ____________________, that I may be your light as they continue to struggle with trusting you as their Lord and Saviour. In Your name I pray. AMEN!