Last week I made a few posts talking about all the “unless requirements” we put up before a God who really isn’t bound to meet any of these requirements (see previous posts). But let me share with you this very cool exchange between Jesus and Thomas. Jesus 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.” John 20:27 -29
Thomas was not as skeptical, or in actual need of all the evidence as he claimed to be. According to the text, Thomas never actually did anything he said he would absolutely have to do in order to have his specific “unless requirements” met (see John 20:25) in order to move from unbelief to belief. He did not put his hands on Jesus. All it took was the sight of Jesus alive. Then Jesus simply gave Thomas an invitation to “stop doubting and believe” – He invited Thomas to “believe what you see” and “be blessed by the reality of the One who stands before you.”
Thomas responded to this invitation with outright worship, “My Lord and my God!” Most New Testament scholars agree this is the climactic moment in John’s presentation of the life of his friend Jesus. Nobody in any Gospel ever used this kind of language to speak of Jesus. With this response Jesus blessed Thomas and blessed anyone who would ever choose to believe in Him. Jesus was saying, “Those who have seen what Thomas physically saw and believe are greatly blessed to experience God’s overcoming life,” and “Those who haven’t had the opportunity to physically see what Thomas saw (people like us) and believe will be blessed to experience God’s overcoming life.”
It’s amazing, but it’s true – In the face of all our “unless-requirements” God’s chosen to draw near in order to invite us to believe and receive His gift of indestructible life. Jesus invited Thomas, and anyone in any age to come, to believe that He, by the proof of His resurrection, had the ability to provide a life that can stand up to anything forever. This is His invitation to you right now.