Thomas; a week after Easter

Posted: April 14, 2012 in Holidays, Me and God, The Bible

About a week ago, we celebrated Easter. Twitter, Facebook and other social media were inundated with “He is Risen” type of messages. On that Sunday two thousand years ago, Jesus had risen from the dead, conquering sin and darkness. That day, after showing up to a few women, He appeared to His disciples. One of the disciples however, was missing from that meeting: Thomas. Though his fellow friends told him they had seen The Lord, Thomas responded with the famous doubtful words “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)

Today, a week later, Twitter, Facebook and the news outlets are flooded with a whole different type of messages: the economy, ball games, politics, spring break. Even more, maybe our minds are flooded with the old doubts and thoughts of fear.
Last week we promised to ‘be better’; a week later, maybe we have already failed.
Last Sunday we understood God loves us and we are accepted; a week later, maybe we are again prisoners of our guilt, inadequacies and past.
Last Sunday we said “I believe you are risen”; a week later, we honestly doubt whether anyone can fix our weaknesses.

But fear not! Your and my doubts are not that different from what we read in the scriptures. It happened a week after The resurrection, in the upper room: (John 20:26)

“And after eight days [from Easter… today] 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.”

Perhaps you are passed the hype of Easter and the daily troubles and problems have started and continued to creep in and steal from you the joy of resurrection. Perhaps the excitement of Passion Week didn’t reach as far as this ‘next week’ and now you are –yet again lost in the worries of today; the economy, the relationships, the kids, the weight, your job, your lack of job et etc.

Perhaps, as Thomas, you have said “I believe You are Lord and God”. Perhaps you as I, need to be reminded that we “walk by faith”. May be Jesus’ words to Thomas will ring today deep inside your heart in a personal way as a reminder that with or without hype, with or without holiday, with or without twitter and Facebook messages, during and after the holiday, in the valley and in the storm, we can count on Him and His favor towards us. He is still risen!

“Blessed, happy, worthy of the divine approbation are you when you place your confidence, hope, expectation and trust me, even when you have not seen me with your physical eyes“ (pp John 20:29)

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