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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