Dec3Sun“Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (Jn 20:29 NLT) December 3, 2017
“Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
(Jn 20:29 NLT)
“Except I shall see…and put my finger…and thrust my hand…I will not believe (see Jn 20:25 KJV).” Those were the words of Thomas, also called Didymus (Greek for double, twin) – same one who said, “let’s go, too – and die with Jesus (Jn 11:16 NLT)” and “No, we don’t know, Lord. We haven’t any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way (see Jn 14:5 NLT)?” Thomas may have been doubtful but he wasn’t afraid to speak up. His character and name help us to see Jesus’ ability to look beyond our flaws in order to use us for His Glory.
In response to Thomas, Jesus revealed that He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no man shall come to the Father except by Him. What he could not see or understand he brought to light – he exposed himself in order to know. His devotion was such that he was willing to die (at least in word); his questions were to gain insight – not give rise or reason to doubt.
The Kingdom of God is real. Although we don’t SEE IT with our natural eyes, it is here. It is here because Jesus said it is here. Jesus said the Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs but it is already here and within us (Lk 17:20 NLT/KJV). Jesus is that “stronger than he” according to Luke chapter eleven, verse twenty-two, that shall come upon and overcome the strong-man. No power on earth nor in Heaven is greater than the power of Jesus. The Kingdom is so real and powerful that Jesus said, “If I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the Kingdom of God is come upon you. God’s Kingdom is ultimate power and authority over all and it is His good pleasure to give us the Kingdom (read Lk 11:20-22; 12:29-32).
Sometimes we can’t SEE our way through life’s circumstances and we may find ourselves GROPING through the darkness of what we can’t SEE. But we are still in the Kingdom and the Kingdom is in us if we believe. Faith in God and PRAYER according to His WORD will shine the spotlight that enables us to OVERCOME and WALK through IT without HESISTATION, DOUBT, FEAR, or WORRY. Just Believe!!
“For we live by believing and not by seeing.”
(II Cor 5:7 NLT)