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Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  (John 20:29)


Perhaps the best-known skeptic in the New Testament is Thomas.  We know him as “doubting Thomas,” a nickname earned because he doubted that Christ had risen from the dead.   Nevertheless, Thomas was courageous, devoted to Jesus, (John 11:1-16) and was one of His twelve disciples.        

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples, but Thomas was not present.  The disciples told Thomas they had seen the risen Christ, but he refused to believe until he saw and felt the nail marks in His hands and put his hand into His side.  Eight days later Jesus came to His disciples again, and this time Thomas was with them.  Jesus addressed him:  

Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  (John 20:27-28)

With the help of Christ, Thomas made a declaration of faith.  (John 20:28)  Jesus told him to stop doubting and believe, but He was not angry with him.  Instead, He called Thomas to Himself, met him at the point of his struggle, and led him to faith.  When our faith is shaken, Christ offers us the same love and mercy He gave to Thomas.  Jesus walked on this earth, and He understands our struggles and sympathizes with our weaknesses. (Hebrews 4:15)  Even in the midst of doubt, our Savior is faithful. 

Father, thank You for not giving up on us when our faith is shaken, weak or tested.  Thank You for Christ’s steadfast love and faithfulness.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


SUSAN FERGUSON

Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.