Devotion and Prayer for Week of April 15, 2012

Meditation for the Week of April 15, 2012

 

“Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.’”   John 20:29

 

These are the words that Jesus says to that famous disciple, ‘Doubting Thomas’ after Thomas has seen Jesus in the flesh and has seen the holes in His hands and feet.  Before that Thomas would not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead, even though the other disciples all said to him that Jesus was alive.  Do you ever wonder why Thomas wouldn’t believe other men with whom he had lived and worked the past three years?

Most of us tend to believe people with which we have had a relationship.  Here you have a group of men that have been together with Jesus for three years and they have traveled all over Judea and Galilee and even into Samaria.  Together they have listened to Jesus preach and teach. Together they have seen Jesus perform miracle after miracle – the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the seas calmed, demons driven out and water turned into wine.  I think that most of us would have been willing to believe something that came from this close group of associates.  Yet somehow for Thomas, something was missing, or was it the fact that the resurrection of Jesus was too big of a thing to trust to someone else’s testimony?

Jesus told Thomas that many others were going to be blessed because they believe the witness of the disciples as recorded by the Gospel writers.  This testimony is all most people will have to make a decision whether or not Jesus was raised from the dead and lives today.  We today, are dependent upon the written word to know that Jesus was raised. But is knowing the same as believing?  Do we believe it?

This is the question that each of us must answer at some point in our lives – did Jesus rise from the dead and is He alive today?  Can you see Him?  How do you know this to be true?  Most of us believe the Bible and for us it is a fact – Jesus is raised and is alive.  But for those who need to see more evidence, take a look at the flowers of the field and how wonderfully they are clothed.  Check out a snowflake with a magnifying glass and see how intricate and beautiful it is!  See the charity and assistance that Christians provide to their neighbors and complete strangers whenever disaster or tragedy strikes.  See the comfort and joy that takes place when a prayer is answered by God.  All of these things show us that Jesus is alive and working in our world even today.

You may not get to see exactly what Thomas saw, but you can see the works of those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. You can see how they love and care for others. You can see the magnificence of God’s creation and you can know for certain that there is a loving, caring, alive God reigning in heaven and on earth.  Blessed are you who believe!

 

Our Weekly Prayer

 Loving God, You are indeed awesome and wonderful, too wonderful for me to comprehend. Yet I know that I see You in the sunrise and sunset. I see You in the intricacies of nature and the wonders of a snowflake, a flower, a bird and the towering mountain peaks.  I see You and hear You in the quiet nursing of a mother with her newborn baby.  And I see and hear You in the words of the Holy Bible. Lord, strengthen my belief that I will never doubt You as my living Lord and Savior. Amen