“And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.””
John 20:26-29 NKJV
The events of the crucifixion were fresh in their minds, and Thomas had heard of the Lord’s appearing, but had not seen for himself. He was filled with doubt, not due to lack of faith, but desiring tangible evidence. He wanted to see Jesus with his own eyes, to touch him and know that all that transpired had not been in vain.
“Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.””
John 20:24-25 NKJV
I am sure he struggled through that eight days, as the his fellow disciples shared their excitement of having seen Jesus, raised from the dead. I am sure he felt regret for not being there at that moment, and sadness, wondering if he would ever get to see Him.
There is great joy when things long awaited, finally appear. I can only imagine the joy that Thomas must have felt at that moment when Jesus appeared, of touching wounds and skin now glorified, with trembling hands. I can almost see Thomas, mouth a gap, tears streaming down his face, washing away all the bitter memories of the cross.
We are waiting.
There will come a day when we too, will see the Lord. I don’t know what I will do. I know there will be tears. There are right now as I seek to picture it my earth born mind. Oh the glory!
“And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.””
Revelation 5:6-10 NKJV
In the time that we are waiting, we have the gift of His word, and the Helper, the Holy Spirit, to sustain us and remind us that He is coming again. We have great advantage over Thomas. As we wait, let us keep the home fires burning, as we maintain our allegiance to the Lamb. He is our hope in these difficult times.
May we press on day by day, seeking to proclaim the Gospel at every opportunity, telling of the glories of Jesus, who went to the cross so that we would have access to God the Father. Do not grow weary in waiting, but use the time wisely, being built up in the word, in prayer, and fellowship.
We are surrounded by so many people who desire that we turn our attention away from the One who saved us, and onto the distractions and troubles of this certain time. We have much to do in our waiting. So many have not heart the Gospel, and many of them are destined for hell.
My people, let us make the most of the opportunities we have to meet together while we are waiting.
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV