Day 25

The Son of God

from the John reading plan

John 19:1-42, John 20:1-31, 1 Peter 2:22-25, Psalm 22:1-8

We should not be too hard on Thomas. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus without seeing the proof was a tall order since, in his world, one hundred out of one hundred people died, and when they did, they tended to stay dead.

Between His resurrection and ascension, Jesus appeared in the flesh to over 500 of His followers (1 Corinthians 15:6). He appeared to Mary Magdalene and a few other women on Easter morning, and He appeared to Peter and John later that day (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5). That afternoon, Jesus appeared to two others walking to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32). Then later that night, the other disciples, except Thomas, were in a room talking about what had happened to Jesus, and as they were talking, Jesus came and stood among them and bid them peace (Luke 24:36). Jesus showed them His scars and invited them to touch them to see He was real.

Thomas wasn’t there for any of that. Later, when he heard about it, he said that unless he could see the marks of the nails in Jesus’ hands and place his hand into Jesus’ side, he would never believe (John 20:25). It seemed unwise to go down such an impossible road. But eight days later Jesus appeared again to the disciples when Thomas was there, and said, “Put your hand in my side, Thomas. Don’t doubt, but believe” (John 20:27, paraphrased). Then Thomas saw Him and said, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).

If you were in Thomas’ shoes, would you have believed the disciples’ story without seeing the proof? Even though I might have wanted to, I don’t know that I could have.

John’s Gospel was written with a purpose—to exist as proof of the resurrection of Jesus. He said, “These things are written so that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31).

We’re given a different kind of proof, but proof nonetheless. In John’s Gospel, he shows us the risen Christ—but not simply with words alone. He gives us a testimony to a resurrection that has not been disproven, but rather has come to be embraced and celebrated by millions of people around the globe and down through time. It is such an incredible claim that it should have been easy to disprove if it were false. But that is not what has happened.

Instead, the story of Jesus’ resurrection has led to the transformation of countless lives. Why? Because the evidences and eye-witnesses surrounding His resurrection were so numerous and consistent that people who came looking to find the whole thing to be a sham often ended up believing. And with believing comes life in Christ’s name. People are changed by the life and ministry of Jesus, not just intellectually but in every way imaginable.

The simple fact that Christianity—a faith built upon the resurrection of its founder—still exists, is a testament to its authenticity.

What about you? Do you believe this?

Written By Russ Ramsey

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4 thoughts on "The Son of God"

  1. Phil says:

    I think I would have gotten along with Thomas. It’s sad that he is only remembered by so many people as being “doubting Thomas.” If a man came to you and said “I can double your money in two days if you trust me” I think every reasonable person would say “show me how.” I am an extremely skeptical person, I often have a very difficult time trusting people, and I usually have many questions… I refuse to sit here and judge Thomas because I know that I more than likely would have said the exact same thing. If my wife called me and told me that my dog that had died was now standing in the living room, I wouldn’t just sit where I was; I would drive home to see if her claims were true.

    I wish I could say that I have never had doubts or questions… but I know that there is a God who has the answers for me. I KNOW that I can’t understand it all, and that I won’t find the answers to all my questions; but I refuse to allow unanswered questions and concerns to rock my faith or to cause me to falter in my beliefs. I know that one day I will have every question answered and every concern met with a perfect explanation. Lord please calm my heart and ease my mind, I know you are God and that you have it all in control!

  2. Ken Fuller says:

    What is the foundation of your faith, Phil, that you refuse to let be rocked? A changed life? A book that has lasted thousands of years? A moral code based upon love of God and your fellow man? You see what I’m getting at? Your faith might as easily been built on one of many religions of the world. But to have the faith that saves, Jesus says, we must believe or trust that He is the Resurrection and the Life. We should not defend Thomas’ reaction as if “we all do it”. His doubt is disbelief. I’m so thankful that John showed us the change in Thomas that we all might see the need in our own lives of believing in the Resurrection of our Savior and Lord for our salvation and the blessing of “believing without seeing”.

  3. Kevin says:

    I think it’s crazy that the king of these people being Caesar did not find Jesus guilty, but the people still wanted him dead. I think he saw the truth of the Lord but still doubted allowing him to be crucified. Thomas doubted and that’s okay. Doubt is good. It means we don’t know, but it doesn’t mean God doesn’t know. We need to accept the doubt that arises out of ignorance of not knowing. As long as we stay away from obstinance and not wanting to know. Doubt can build our faith, and for most, they come to faith because of doubt. I’m learning to embrace that and push into the lord even more to find him.

  4. Nick Crawford says:

    So thankful that what we believe is true. That we can trust in a resurrected Jesus, who really died, who really rose again and who did just what He said He would. We have freedom because He willingly endured a gruesome crucifixion that WE deserved. Thank you Jesus for your great love for us!

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