Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
On Resurrection Sunday the disciples are meeting behind locked doors. Suddenly Jesus is there in the room!
Jesus commissions them to go in His name and then breathes the Holy Spirit on them. He gives them authority to forgive sins.
Thomas is not with them at this time, and he is sceptical about their report. He says that he won’t believe it unless he sees and touches Jesus’ wounds.
The next Sunday they are together and again Jesus appears. This time Thomas is with them. Jesus invites him to touch the wounds. Thomas believes.
It is exciting when Jesus shows up! How much more for these disciples who did not yet know the full story.
Jesus is alive still, ascended into heaven where He reigns with the Father.
He has given us Holy Spirit to empower us to be His witnesses. He has given us His authority to embody the life of grace.
All power and all authority. There is nothing that can stand in the way of us serving and representing the risen Lord.
Hallelujah! Jesus you are the risen Lord! Help me to serve you in all that I do. Amen.