Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service
April 5, 2018
I see these two qualities within Thomas. Of all the disciples, I find myself relating to him, most of all. From his behavior, I find connection to the human condition, and that not much has changed from then till now.
What am I to make of Biblical scene in the upper room, where Thomas engages in what feels to me like resilient, repetitive action – scrutinizing news that Jesus had overcome death? Among other things, it seems to be revealing a restlessness in not knowing the future.
When we feel anxiety about our future condition,
where we may end up considering eternal position,
we may find rest, rescue, relief,
in a spiritual belief.
Although it is something we do not understand,
along with discovery that is not well planned,
following Christ may also lead us to poke and prod,
and like Thomas, come to cry out, “My Lord and My God!”
Rev. Richard Wagner
This week’s Thursdays thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon John 20: 19 – 31:
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:19–31, NIV)
Stubbornness is a quality that I sometimes see as a strength. I think of it as a help in overcoming problems. It gives me a reason to persist, when I might otherwise give up.
I also occasionally consider doubt as a strength. Checking, double checking, triple checking the detail of anything is usually a good practice, repeatedly proving not to be a waste of time. It often helps to ferret out mistakes and can save much heartache.