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24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 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.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
In this scripture, we see the compassion and concession that God makes toward us. Having known Thomas in the flesh, when Jesus returns as Christ, the Risen Son of God, He appeals to every aspect of their expectations and requirements. He appeared to the Apostles and by the time that He appeared to Thomas, He addressed specifically the very points of proof that Thomas a/k/a Didymus had previously established that would be the only way he would believe that Jesus is truly risen.
God knows our doubts, our weakness and our lack of faith. Precisely why Jesus, in His graciousness, returns to assure us of His finished and accomplished Victory. The purpose of this was to herald the announcement, to fulfill scripture, to establish Christianity. In effect, a state of the Union address, this is also to vindicate the claims of the cross, death defeated and the sin debt paid in full. He came into the world at the lowest of earthly stations and rises to accept His Kinghood.
Belief is such a powerful ability that we have been given, this capacity is a gift to us, a tool. As with any tool, it can be abused, mis-used or missed altogether. How magnificent that God reaches out to us, to guide and encourage us in the rightful use of this faculty. God works with our doubt, addressing it with His eternal assurances which lead to confidence. We can be fully confident in Him and His word. His word is Jesus Christ himself, the word which became flesh, the living word.
I hope you had a very merry Christmas celebration and that you have the gift of salvation which Christ was born into this world to offer us.
(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan SMZ3D ت smz ™ © ®
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