Believing Without Seeing

“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Thomas sounded quite defiant in the Gospel (John 20:19-31) for the 2nd Sunday of Easter. 

See It To Believe It

Thomas had missed the appearance of Jesus to the other disciples and could not share their enthusiasm. He could not understand their joy. How could Jesus have appeared to the disciples? He had been nailed to a cross, died and was laid in a tomb. For Thomas to believe, seeing Jesus would not be enough, he would have to experience it for himself. Only then could he be certain that Jesus had really risen. Eight days later he got the living proof he needed in order to believe. Thomas was lucky! But what about us? 


We have only the Bible, the teachings from Jesus and the stories about him. We must believe without Jesus appearing to us. He said to Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”