After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples while the disciples were together in a locked room. (The story’s in John chapter 20 beginning in verse 19.) The only problem is that when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the locked room the first time, Thomas was not with them.
Later, the disciples find Thomas and tell him, “We have seen the Lord!” But Thomas tells them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). This is why many people refer to Thomas as “Doubting Thomas.”
The cool thing is that the next time the disciples, Thomas included, were together in a locked room, Jesus appears to them again! Jesus doesn’t condemn Thomas for his lack of belief; instead, He blesses Thomas.
First, Jesus extends a blessing of peace to Thomas. Then He offers Thomas the opportunity to see and feel the wounds in His hands and side. Once Thomas experiences the blessing of seeing and touching Jesus’ wounds, Jesus encourages Thomas to change from unbelieving to believing and Thomas does, exclaiming “My Lord and my God!” Jesus ends the interaction by saying that Thomas believed because he has seen, but “blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
When Jesus talks about those who are blessed because they haven’t seen but they still believed, He’s talking about us. We are those who haven’t seen and yet believe. How cool is that?! 2,000 years ago, after blessing one of His 12 disciples who was struggling with believing, Jesus told His disciples about us and called us blessed! You and I have been called blessed by the Savior Himself because of our belief.
Is there anything cooler than knowing that Jesus really did think about us so many years ago? We’re mentioned in the Word (even if we’re not mentioned by name).
Girls, did you know that Jesus is talking about us in this passage?
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ – Ephesians 1:3.
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