Unless I See…

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Ezra 3-5; John 20

24 Thomas, the one called Didymus, one of the Twelve, wasn’t with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger in the wounds left by the nails, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.”

26 After eight days his disciples were again in a house and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus entered and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!”

28 Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Jesus replied, “Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.”

30 Then Jesus did many other miraculous signs in his disciples’ presence, signs that aren’t recorded in this scroll. 31 But these things are written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son, and that believing, you will have life in his name. (John 20:24-30, Common English Bible).

Dr. James W. Moore wrote a book some years ago titled  When You’re a Christian… The Whole World is From Missouri. I feel certain it is a good book. Though I haven’t read this one, every book I have read by Dr. Moore I have really enjoyed.

That book title was what went through my mind as I read today’s lesson from John, a story about a man, who had he lived 2000 or so years later, could easily have been a resident of the “Show-Me State.” Such was Thomas’ words to his fellow disciples, “Unless I see…”  That sounds like a paraphrased version of, “Show Me.”

Throughout history, Christians have been critical of Thomas for his doubting mind. He wants to see the risen Jesus before he will believe. Yes, Thomas doubted. Of that, there is no doubt (no pun intended). Of course, the other disciples believed. When Jesus appeared to the disciples in the Upper Room, he showed them his hands and his sides. It seems to me, they wanted to see the same proof demanded by Thomas.

There are people around us every day who say, “I will believe when you can prove.” For the disciples, including Thomas, their’s was a unique opportunity to see and believe.

As for you and me, it has to be a matter of faith. Jesus said, “…Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.” We cannot see Jesus. We can see some artist’s interpretations of Jesus’ appearance, but we can’t see Jesus. Some say, “I will believe when I can see God.” We can’t see God.

We can see the work of God. I have questioned how someone can look upon Crater Lake and not see the hand of God. I don’t understand how someone can look at the Fjords in Norway and not see God. How can a person look at a field of bluebonnets (OK, yes, I am a Texan) and think God cannot possibly exist. How can someone, who claims intelligence, possibly think all this just happened? Someone, something had to drive all we can see as well as what we can’t. Being happy with believing even what we cannot see is a matter of faith. That I can see by faith, not just by sight is a blessing to me.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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