After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Yesterday we learned that Jesus had answers for Thomas’ questions. Here we see the answers. Eight days had passed and the disciples were together again when Jesus appeared. After He calmed the disciples’ nerves, Jesus addressed Thomas’s doubts.
Thomas had questions. Jesus had answers. It was questionable to Thomas that the man who stood before him was Jesus, alive and well. Jesus did not chastise Thomas, but led him to see that He had risen from the grave. Jesus provided Thomas proof, and Thomas believed. While requiring a burden of proof in itself comes from sin (because were it not for sin, all people would believe in Jesus), Jesus welcomed the confession. Jesus can overcome all doubts and questions. The evidence in His favor is too strong to be overwhelmed.
We also need to recognize that Jesus is the One who removed barriers (2 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 4:18). People cannot believe without Jesus’ convincing them. We can come alongside Jesus and work with Jesus, but unless the Spirit removes the veil people will not overcome their doubts. Winsome arguments are good, but they are ineffective compared to the Spirit of God. As we engage in conversations, we need to be patient and listen to doubts with the confident assurance that Jesus is bigger than those doubts.
- Do you feel equipped to address doubts that people have about Jesus? Why or why not?
- Have you ever been to one of the apologetics seminars we’ve had at 121? How did that help you?
- Praise God that He can overcome all doubts.