Posted by: judyhitson | December 5, 2018

Trusting His Testimony

Trusting His Testimony
by Brenda D. Flowers

Read John 20.

But one of the Twelve, Thomas (called “Twin”), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in His hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe!” (John 20: 24-25, HCSB)

Have you ever experienced doubts, like Thomas, about the reality of the resurrection of Jesus? As I read over John’s eyewitness account in Chapter 20, I am challenged by this question,

Have I doubted?

Thomas, one of the twelve disciples called by Jesus, had walked alongside these other disciples for more than three years. Why did he doubt his friends’ testimony?

His doubts have been reviewed over and over again by people from all over the world who search the holy scriptures. Why did Holy Spirit inspire John to record Thomas’s doubts?

I don’t think God wants us to remember Thomas’s time of honest expression so we can label him as “Doubting Thomas.” Do you?

As I review John 20 again, I discover that Thomas was not the only one who had fear and doubts. But Thomas was the only one who spoke out honestly about his doubts.

If we had lived when Thomas lived and had not yet seen Jesus, I wonder how we would have responded to the testimonies of those who had seen Jesus.

What is God teaching us through the words recorded by John?

I notice that Thomas’s friends did not rebuke him for not believing their testimony. It seems like they understood how he felt.

When Jesus appeared to the gathering of the disciples the second time, Thomas was included. It was at this time when Jesus spoke personally to Thomas and presented His wounds for Thomas to see. Jesus even gave Thomas the opportunity to touch His scars. Did you notice what Jesus did?

He came to Thomas, and lovingly spoke to him. Jesus didn’t condemn him for his doubts but it is clear that Jesus knew Thomas had doubts. Jesus so loved Thomas that He came to have an intimate time with him.

And now the light bulb in my head comes on.

Jesus, that is what you did for me. I had heard the words of testimony from my Christian friends in graduate school. But I still had doubts. Then on January 21, 1976, You came to me intimately and I believed.

Like Thomas, I proclaim, “My Lord and my God!”

I trust Your testimony. I believe Your Word is true. I am Yours and You are mine.

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:30-31 NKJV)

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