May 15, 2013

Thoughts from Mark

So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”  (John 20:25)

I get Thomas.  Yeah, he’s known as the doubter and many after him are his doubting namesake.  But I get him.

You see, every time someone has told me about an experience they’ve had with the Lord, I think to myself, “that’s great, but I want one for myself.”

I want to see Him.  I rejoice in others seeing Him.  When my friends, my brothers relate to me what the Lord has done, I am genuinely happy for them.

But their experience doesn’t quench my thirst.  In fact, it makes me thirstier.  When I hear about Him from another, when they tell of His greatness and His beauty, it only makes me want Him more.

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. (v. 27)

The lesson to learn in Thomas is to not disbelieve because you haven’t seen.   When someone else sees, allow it to draw you, entice you into a posture of seeking, pursuing the Lord.

Jesus readily revealed Himself to Thomas.  He wanted Thomas to see Him, to touch Him for himself.  If there was a rebuke, it was the fact that He wouldn’t believe until He saw.

Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed. (v. 29)

We all know this walk we are called to is by faith, not by sight.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for.  It is a set of road signs leading us on a believing hunt until our eyes do see.

I am convinced that every believer is to see the Lord.  And eventually see Him consistently.  What kind of life would it be to never to see the one with whom you’re to be in love?  Stories and others’ revelations only go so far.  At some point, we must be smiled upon, touched and held by He who loves us.

It is this revelation, this sight, that transforms us from believers to friends.  And when consistently seen – sons.

Religion is the result of never seeing the One in whom we’ve believed.

There is a reward for our faith.  And it is the living Jesus.

So, thanks Thomas.  I learned not to doubt just because I haven’t seen.  I will allow another’s vision to feed my faith.

Thomas wanted to see the Lord for Himself.

And so should you.

In love,