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Daily Devotion – April 14, 2018
04.14.18

John 20:26-31

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Reflection by Duke Yaguchi

It is easy to understand from where Thomas is coming. No one had died and came back days later to be among the living before. So even though the other disciples had shared the good news with Thomas, Thomas had to see Jesus for himself.

As much as we would like for our faith to be evidence for the non-believers around us, many people are like Thomas and they are full of doubt. I’ve shared before how I believe Jesus wrapped His arms around me during a religious retreat. I had an occasional question of God’s love and existence, but I never told God to reveal Himself so that I could believe. But God did come to me in a great time of need. I must admit, that strengthened my faith.

We can share our faith to be witness for others, but for many, like Thomas, Jesus has to reveal Himself directly for them to believe. Hopefully, our faith can open their hearts so that when the time comes, they can accept God’s love.

Prayer

Dear God. Please reveal yourself to the doubters just as you did for Thomas. Help them come to You because of Your beaconing love. Amen.



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