Monday, April 2, 2018
“Now Thomas (called 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 it.” John 20:24-25 (NIV)
We call him “doubting Thomas.” Why? Don’t we tell people, “Don’t accept something as truth unless you can read it in the Bible”? Thomas was asking for evidence, not claims. People claim everything. Claims without facts may not be truth.
A renown balancing artist asked a crowd if they thought he could walk on a cable stretched across the Niagara Falls. They roared their approval. He asked if they thought he could do the same feat with someone sitting on his shoulders. Again, they roared their approval. He asked for one person from that approving audience to volunteer to ride on his shoulders. The crowd went silent! No one stepped forward. They had faith in him until he wanted one of them to demonstrate that faith!
Thomas heard claims, but he wanted to view the evidence. Talk can be cheap. The difference between Thomas and us is a wide chasm in our favor. He had not seen the risen Jesus. He had not experienced the sight nor voice of Jesus. Maybe the other apostles were drowning in their sorrow, causing them to be delusional? He wanted evidence. The other apostles had experienced that evidence. He had not. Our advantage is that we have the whole story in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and Paul later writes to corroborate that evidence. Thomas did not enjoy our advantage nor theirs! Thomas is not the doubter, we are!
Jesus said, “Don’t worry about food, drink, and clothes . . . don’t worry about having enough food and clothing. . . . don’t be anxious about tomorrow” Matthew 6:25, 31, 34. We counter with, “I’m not worried, I’m just concerned.” Same thing! It’s our excuse for failing to place our trust correctly. We still fall back on mother Eve’s reasoning. If it sounds good, others swallow it, then we come out smelling like a rose rather than the garbage! But, we aren’t like doubting Thomas! Really?