John 20: 24-29 NIV “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.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “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 and yet have believed.”
I can only imagine the thoughts that went through Thomas’ mind when he realized that Jesus was indeed alive. Matter of fact, I can only imagine the thoughts that went through the minds of all the Apostles that saw Jesus after His resurrection. Can you even imagine the thoughts that would have gone through your mind if you had been there?
“It is Jesus and He is alive!”
“It is Jesus and this proves beyond all doubt that He is God!”
“It is Jesus, do you know what this means?”
“Jesus is truly God!”
“Only God could stand before us again!”
I don’t know about you but I’ve pictured myself standing there many times. The thoughts running through my mind of what it meant, the realization hitting me like a bulldozer, the amazing lightening bolt of reality that defies what we call reality.
And then we have John 14:19 NIV where Jesus says, “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.”
Consider that these Apostles had been with Jesus for approximately three years. They had heard all that He had to say about our Heavenly Father, they had heard all of His teachings which zeroed in on God’s perspective of truth, mercy and justice. They’d seen Him heal multitudes with diseases and infirmities of all kinds, seem Him walk on water and calm the storm, talked with Him, ate with Him, and walked with Him, time and time again over vast distances and most importantly, they also had seen Him be sentenced to death and die on the cross. Taken, beaten, spit upon, and nailed to a cross to die a horrible death and then He died. Having seen all that they had seen, heard what they had heard and experienced what they had experienced, one can’t even imagine the thoughts and sorrow that went through their minds as their Lord, died on the cross, innocent of all sin, for our sin.
And yet, as He told them He would, on the third day, He rose again from the dead, conquering death, for us, as only He could. If that doesn’t blow your mind I don’t know what does. God Himself visited us, taught us, give His life for us and rose again from the dead so that we could have life in Him and be united with our Heavenly Father again.
Jesus was God in the flesh. Foretold and fulfilled exactly as the Prophets said. Jesus did everything that His Father asked Him to do, to the letter, even unto death, so that we could once again be at one with our Creator. This is our hope. This is my hope. I believe.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!