I could never believe unless… What is your unless?
Thomas knew his. He told the disciples “Unless I see the mark of the nails in Jesus’s hands, and put my finger in the mark of his nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe that you have seen him.”
A week later Jesus appeared to him and the other disciples. He told Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side.”
This story should give us great courage in being honest with God. What do you need in order to believe? Tell the Risen Christ right now–no matter how outrageous it may seem.
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
But Thomas, one of the twelve, 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 the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, 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. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt 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 come to believe.”
John 20:19-20, 24-29 NRSV
Eastertide in Chartres
From the Easter Series at Chartres: