John 20:24-29 (NIV)-Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 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.”
26 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!” 27 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.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
It can be hard hearing others talk about their experiences with Jesus when we haven’t experienced or seen him for ourselves. Yet hear the words of our savior, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”.
We are indeed living in some very trying, uncertain and scary days. Yet none of this means that Jesus hasn’t risen. None of this means that Jesus isn’t at work in our lives or in our world. Moreover our ability to believe in trying and uncertain circumstances makes us blessed.
So no matter what the world may say let us live as if we ourselves touched those nail scarred hands.
Let us live as if we have seen the empty tomb. Let us live as if we saw him ascend into the clouds. We can change what is dysfunctional or dead in our lives and in this world. Jesus is risen! Jesus lives and his redeeming power is available to anyone who will still believe.