When Seeing is not Believing

Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although 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, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:24-29)

Thomas and the other apostles were indeed blessed men to have walked and talked and lived with the Lord Jesus when he walked this earth almost 2000 years ago. What an awesome privilege they shared and what blessed men they were.

But the Lord Jesus reserves yet a greater blessedness for those who have believed and not seen Him in His flesh. This is because for all the blessings of being physically with Jesus and beholding his ministry with their eyes, they were still a faltering bunch of men. But when the Holy Spirit would come within them, oh my, how things did change! For these men there was a vast difference between being with Jesus and having Him within them.

Even now, after so many centuries, the promise remains for us to experience this same presence and power of Christ in a far deeper way than Thomas and the others did when Jesus walked this earth with them. Jesus Christ has promised that He will manifest Himself and that He and the Father would come and dwell in us.

This is the true heavenly blessing – a faith that receives the love and presence of the living Lord. You may wonder how you can receive such simple faith. The answer is simple – If Jesus is your whole desire and confidence, He will manifest Himself in power. Jesus will make His promise of “I will be with you always” a living reality and actual experience in your life. This is the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

Such a full life of faith is not beyond reach. Lets take a hold of Christ’s words: “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet believe.”