He Is Greater

Renee Ann Smith —  August 3, 2015 — 7 Comments

”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.’”

~John 20:24&25~

Because of these words, Thomas will always be remembered as Doubting Thomas

But I think of him more as Pessimistic Thomas. Or maybe Cautious Thomas.

Poor guy, even when his friends offered him hope that Jesus had risen from the dead, Thomas couldn’t quite bring himself to believe it.

I don’t blame him for thinking that his friends might be wrong or easily fooled or perhaps even delusional. Think of what had been happening all around him during the last few weeks.

The world as he once knew it had gone crazy. It had become a place where ordinary men—upstanding, law-abiding citizens—had to fear for their lives. Not because of they were swindlers or thieves or murderers or abusers of any kind.

But simply because of what and in whom they believed.

At the center of this maelstrom was his Lord, a man-God who raised the dead, restored the sick, exercised power over wind and wave, and gave meaning and purpose to Thomas’s very existence.

Yet the world looked at Jesus–teacher, healer, shepherd, a man who never hurt anyone–as a threat.

Like today’s world, they “called good, evil and evil, good,”*** hunted God’s Son as a criminal, tortured, and killed him.

Maybe it all seemed like a bad dream from which there was no waking.

And God let it happen.

Thomas had been close enough to Jesus to feel the chill of those evil forces.

What might they have in store for him?

No wonder he was afraid to trust good news. He could barely believe what he had recently seen with his own eyes much less put stock in hearsay from some emotional friends.

The wounds sin inflicted were painful, deep, and deadly. How could there be any recovering from them?

Thomas wanted to touch, to see, to be sure . . . and Jesus answered his request.

“A week later, Jesus’ disciples were in the house again. Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came in and stood among them. He said, ‘May 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 me but still have believed.’”

~John 20:26-29~

I don’t look at Jesus’ last comment so much as a rebuke to Thomas but as a promise to us. We might find ourselves looking around at the things going on in the world today and thinking exactly as Thomas did:

How can we survive against the evil forces of this world?

Why does God seem to stand silently by?

Where is Jesus?

And the Lord answers, “Blessed are those who have not seen me but still have believed.”

Let’s help each other keep believing, and we can be sure that the blessing will come. It might not look the way we expect—but it will come!

Here’s a verse reminder that greatly comforted me this week . . .

Greater is He that is in youPlus a bonus graphic just because . . .

Blessed is she who believes

I’m thankful that God understands our hearts so well and makes sure to show us again & again that we can trust His.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

7 responses to He Is Greater

  1. I have to admit that there are times when I am a doubting Thomas myself. The blessing is staring me in the eye and I’m like, I don’t see it.

    Thank you for this reminder. May we always remember to believe. 🙂

  2. I agree that Thomas may have been cautious, and not sure that everyone else had perhaps lost their minds. Perhaps he was in the background when Jesus told them all that he would die and raise from the dead in three days. After all, none of the disciples actually believed that would happen. That was evident after the crucifixion when they were all fearful and hid. They were mortal men, and so are we. Often we wonder if all this is true, can Jesus still be the same today as He was yesterday. Will He come through for us if we reach out to pray for the sick and try to help those who are emotionally hurting? May we never be that cautious, but be willing to take the risk to believe and know that God is real and He is ready to move, deliver and restore hearts and even our USA. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

  3. I love the verse in the Gospels where the man told Jesus, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.” Always stirs my heart. We are weak, but He is strong. May I always be anchored in Him, my Rock.

  4. “I don’t look at Jesus’ last comment so much as a rebuke to Thomas but as a promise to us. We might find ourselves looking around at the things going on in the world today and thinking exactly as Thomas did”

    It’s scary out there! I can sometimes forget that He is there.
    And the Lord answers, “Blessed are those who have not seen me but still have believed.”

    Blessings friend~~visiting from Testimony Tuesday

  5. Love the bonus graphic, Renee Ann. I could soak in its beauty for a good while. And the verse graphic? Overcomers indeed…children of God. It’s a good reminder today, one full of strength and hope. Visiting from #tellHisstory.

  6. Renee,
    I love the bonus graphic! And your words resonate with me that things may not look like we expect but in faith the blessing will come — beautiful!

  7. Believing without seeing, it’s a life-long lesson in trust for me. Thanks for linking with #SmallWonder, Renee.

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