Put your finger here!
See my hands!
Put your hand in my side!
Don’t all of us Thomas’s wish we could do that? We want to believe whole heartedly just like Thomas. We want to say “My Lord and my God”. “Oh for a deeper faith I seek.” How do I duplicate the Thomas experience? In the same chapter John tells us “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.” John 20:30, 31.
Jesus tells Thomas that, “…blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” That’s us. No fingers, no hands, no personal viewing of signs but we can believe. Faith is available for citizens of the 21st century. We have the accounts of eye witnesses. We have the creative evidence. We have the longing in our hearts for God. Faith is the action of believing without seeing. It’s the unseen evidence that God is real and Jesus is his son. It’s knowing to the extent of trusting.
Is it hard to believe? Why not say ‘it’s hard to disbelieve.’ Sure, it takes faith to believe in God and his son just on the evidence. It takes more faith to believe there is no God in spite of the evidence. God is everywhere and in everything and he has placed the evidence of that presence in plain view. No wonder the book tells us “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” One has to close their eyes and shut their ears to the evidence he has placed in the world for us.
Can you say, “My Lord and my God”?