John 20.26-29 cont.
26 And after eight days His disciples were inside, and Thomas was with them. The doors had been shut, yet Jesus came and stood in the middle and said: “Peace to you”.
27 Then He said (says) to Thomas: “Bring your finger here and see My hands, and bring your hand and put it into My side. Be not unbelieving, but believe.
28 Thomas replied: “My Lord and my God.”
29 Jesus said (says) to him: Have you believed, because you have seen Me? How happy are the ones who do not see and yet they have believed.
Christians often ask the question: “Do we walk by faith, or by sight?”
The reality is that both are likely to be true during our lifetime. Sometimes we steam ahead in faith, believing what the Lord has told us. Rachel and I are firmly convinced that it is the Lord will for us to move from Sutton-in-Ashfield to Raunds in Northamptonshire. We receive this by faith, allowing the Holy Spirit to plant it into our hearts and souls. Then Jesus has confirmed this to us at various stages in our preparing to move house.
However, there have been other occasions when we have waited until we have received a sign from the Lord.
Perhaps we have all had similar situations.
For Thomas he was walking by sight, and refused to believe until he saw Jesus and His injuries.
The words of Jesus are a rebuttal to Thomas, and to us all if we refuse to believe the testimony of others. Therefore, we must be careful that we do not dismiss the testimony of our fellow believers.
Instead we should be encouraged by the words of Jesus that blessing (happiness) is to be found in believing, even though we may not see what others have seen.
Jesus was referring particularly to people not seeing Him, but who still come to believe in Him. He would also have been referring to all those who were to be saved after He left them and ascended into Heaven. This began on the day of Pentecost, when more than three thousand were saved and added to the church. Many of them would have seen Jesus during His ministry, but not after His death and resurrection.
These words of Jesus also affect every believer today, and have done since His ascension, although some are privileged to see Jesus.
Our coming to receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour is by faith and not by sight.