"The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except (unless) I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe." John 20:25
I moved to Illinois when I was 18 years old, and I was around a lot of people who adopted the slogan from the neighboring state of Missouri, "The Show Me State." Someone would say something and the other person would promptly respond, "I’m from the “show me state”, so you better show me something!" I am often the same way, and I am leery of what people say to me and what I hear from other sources. You cannot believe everything you hear, and the most seemingly credible sources are not credible at all. I quit watching the evening news, and I cancelled my newspaper subscriptions. I am careful on what and who I believe as the truth is hard to come by.
I reunited with Rebekah in December 1997, and we got along great even though we had not spoken to or seen each other in more than three years. It was like we picked up where we left off in 1991 when we were dating, and I was grateful for the short time we were able to spend together. I had moved to Illinois in December of 1994, and I decided I would write Rebekah as I still had strong feelings for her. She did not write me back, so I thought I would write a much lighter letter six months later to see if that would elicit a response. The letter I wrote was just asking how she was doing and basically apologizing for coming on too strong in the original letter. I was cool with being friends and I was willing to take any relationship she would have with me, even if it had to be in the friend zone.
I was crushed when no return letter came after several months, but I figured that I needed to move on and not sulk about that which I could not control. I thought the friend letter would receive at least a “hey”, but instead I got a “no way Jose”. Well, I tell you all of that to say when we reconnected in December 1997, Rebekah told me something I did not quite believe. She was ready to go home after our great time together, and she said some words to me that I thought I needed to correct her on. We gave each other a light hug, and she told me that she would write me a letter. I smiled on the outside and cringed on the inside. I told her that I enjoyed the time we spent together and that we should leave it at that. I told her that I wrote her twice before and my letters went unanswered. She did not really apologize, but simply told me she was a terrible pen pal. I shrugged my shoulders and asked her politely to not make promises that she did not intend to keep as my heart could not bear expecting a letter that would not come. She reassured me that she would write me, and I sighed inside but was still grateful we had reconnected.
I did not expect to receive a letter, but I did feel like I was falling in love with her all over again. I was not sure to do with those feelings, but they seemed to grow exponentially when my mom told me that Rebekah had sent a letter for me. It was three days after I got home, and I could not believe she wrote me. She was going to have to show me, and she sure did show me by writing me quite frequently over the next several months.
Thomas was much the same way as he doubted the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He knew about the miracles Jesus had performed, and he was a disciple of the Messiah. He would not take the other disciples’ word for it, but he wanted to physically touch the hands and feel the scars before he would believe. He had been told by the Master Himself that He would die and be raised again, but he still would not believe unless he could touch and feel the risen Lord. It is sad to hear this account of a disciple, but there are many out there who have heard the same gospel story but yet they have reservations about believing that Jesus is the only way to heaven. They have excuses and reasons for not believing and putting their trust in the Savior, and they require to hear the voice of God even though He has spoken in the 66 books of the Bible. Psalms 19:1 states, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." Nature itself tells of the glory of God, and there is not one that is without excuse.
Where are you today friend? Are you still questioning the existence of God? Do you wonder how we came to be? Do you believe in a Big Bang where nothing produced something? What faith it takes to believe that theory! Jeremiah 29:13 states, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Will you seek Him with all of your heart? Will you believe in His finished work on the cross? Easter is more than Easter eggs and bunnies, but it is the celebration that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. There is no gospel with a filled tomb, but there is a glorious gospel of a tomb that remains empty. Do not wait and doubt another moment. I pray you come to salvation through Jesus Christ. We may doubt a lot of things, but the gospel will always be the gospel truth.
Stay in the fight!