Tuesday: 3rd July, 2018
Reference text: John 20:24-29
John 20:25 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.
I heard an interesting comment from a soccer pundit during the analysis of the aftermath of one penalty shootout at this year’s world cup. In his own words ‘I always liked to be the first taker of the penalty because no one remembers that kick as much as the last one’.Though it sounded like a very generalise conclusion, it is one that will be difficult to disagree with.
We always remember Thomas as ‘the doubting one’, that one remaining disciple of the twelve who wanted concrete evidence for himself before accepting the news of the resurrection. For many of us, even his confession of ‘my Lord and my God, after coming to believe is not enough for us to forgive his doubt- after all, he was an Apostle. However, a closer look can give us another reason for his apparent refusal to believe.
He was absent when Jesus came in the first time- that is a fact. But he did not want to be that one disciple who would go out saying ‘I have heard that the Lord is risen from the dead’. He wanted no part to play in being a third-party transmitter of information, but desired a first hand experience. We can always remember his doubting, yet on very many different accounts too, this was for his own sake.
Sweetheart, to become a perfect witness is to have a personal experience and an encounter; and that was what Thomas desired. Such is what our walk with the Lord should be, not just composed of second hand information received from the mouth of others, but an experiential one through personal knowledge.
Remember # seek your own encounter.