Day 231: August 19, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

John 20:26-31
26 After eight days His disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and observe My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.” 28 Thomas responded to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe without seeing are blessed.” 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples that are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah , the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.

1 Corinthians 15:5b
…then to the Twelve.

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and observe My hands. Reach out your hands and put it into My side. Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.”
—John 20:27

From Doubt to Belief
by Julia Kasick,

In C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian, after Aslan roars so loudly that it was completely obvious he was there in their midst, Lucy turns to her dear, skeptical little friend and says, “Now, do you see him?”

Just five years ago, I was a skeptic—of what He promised, who He said He was, that He’d covered my sin. I doubted He cared about me at all. Simply stated: I didn’t believe.

Just like Doubting Thomas in today’s Scripture, I needed to see His sides and put my finger where the nails had been. I needed Him to see Him face to face, to see Him come through the locked door of my heart and say, “HERE I AM! Do you see me now?”

I needed that. And God met me right where I was, doubting and broken. He revealed Himself to me.

Thomas walked with Jesus, ate with Him, listened to Him. And after His death, he needed to see for himself. Jesus revealed Himself to Thomas right where he was—doubting and needing tangible proof.

Thomas believed and his reaction is priceless, “My Lord, and my God!”

Our God is personal. He hears us and He answers. He shows up. He gives us proof He’s with us daily. Look around, listen, believe.

Reflection Questions

  1. Why do you think Jesus just asked Thomas to touch his hands and his side?
  2. Are you asking for proof to believe?

About the Author

Julia Kasick

Julia is a Student Ministry Assistant and member at Brentwood Baptist Church.