Read: John 20:19-31
Meditation: ” Believing Thomas”
I think Thomas has received bad press. Labeling him as “doubting Thomas” fails to read his story all the way to the end.
The passages in the Gospel of John are written to help us believe (v 31), so Thomas’ story is included to show us what faith looks like–not doubt–but faith when it is hard to believe.
Who of us has not seen or heard something (perhaps more than once) that dealt a severe blow to our faith. When we face such times, we are not doubters, we are simply realists.
Jesus likes reality, and just as he came to Thomas in his realism, he will come to us in ours. The hymn “Just As I Am” could have been written by Thomas, and it is the one Billy Graham has used for decades at his crusades to initiate the invitations to encounter Christ.
“Just as I am…thou wilt receive…wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve…”
Doubting Thomas? No way! “My Lord and my God!” is one of the greatest confessions of faith uttered in the Bible. Thomas is remembered because he shows how to come to Jesus when it’s hard to believe.