Jesus didn’t allow any of his other disciples to touch Him after He was resurrected.
Of all Jesus’ disciples, Thomas had the least amount of faith. And what did Jesus do about that? He let Thomas have the experience of Him. Jesus did not simply leave Thomas to deal with his inability to believe. Jesus connected Thomas to His physical reality so that Thomas could truthfully…in truth… say; “My Lord and my God!”
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Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I can not believe.”
And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas,
Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.
And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
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Well, some of us are just simply… not that blessed. It may be unfortunate for us, but Jesus cares about His less-blessed children as much as the rest of them.
In fact, as I look around my Christian community, I see many, many Christians who are not that blessed…… including me.
I was a “Thomas”. Like Thomas, I just could not believe. Jesus knew this. Yet, what did He do? What was His response to my inability to believe? Just like Thomas, He showed Himself to me physically. This is in my Testimony (which you can find above). I was given the experience of Christ. I couldn’t hang onto a nebulous faith I didn’t have. So Jesus gave me a real experience. And afterwards, I knew He was reallyo, trulyo… for reals.
I have to say this….
It’s not your fault that you’re not able
to believe without help from Him.
There’s nothing wrong with you.
I was one of these. But I didn’t know any better, I didn’t know I was supposed to be closed-mouthed about it. I was open about it… I admitted it…I was not ashamed of it… I was just being honestly myself…. just like Thomas. Thomas let everyone around him know… that he couldn’t believe in Jesus unless he got something tangible.
So Jesus did something about that.
And I believe that this can happen for anyone; not just for little me. It’s for anyone who can’t muster up the faith required to have a truthfully honest relationship with Jesus, He will go the extra distance to get you there. He wants you with Him. He wants you to be as close to Him as you can get. He wants to heal you, and give you the faith you need.
So how did I get my Thomas experience?
I asked for it. Like the father who cried out to Jesus; “I so very much want to believe. Help me with my inability to believe enough to get healing for my son!” I admitted to Him that I didn’t have faith. I admitted it to every Christian brother and sister I talked to. It was a confession. This was my part… to be open about it… just like Thomas was. He wasn’t ashamed. He just plain, out-and-out, told everybody. He shouted it from the house-tops. But God loved Thomas anyway, even though he didn’t have the faith like the others had. God, his Father, did something about it. He came right up to him, and showed Thomas who He was.
So shout out to God. Shout to others;
“I am not that blessed!”
“I am a Thomas.”
“I just can’t believe yet.”
“Help me brothers and sisters.”
“Help me God.”
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**Peace & All Feloreaw to our Wonderfully Loving Father**