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Touching Thomas

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Touching Thomas

Do you have questions about the Christian faith? Do you have doubt?

I often do. This guy named Thomas did. Sometimes we point a judgmental finger at Thomas, “Doubting Thomas.” You may know of him. He was one of Jesus’s friends and followers, yet he did not believe that Jesus had risen from the grave. He refused to believe unless he saw the Lord with his own eyes and touched Him with his own hands. Oh, poor Doubting Thomas. If only he could believe more. We feel sorry for you, Doubting Thomas…

Who, however was invited to place His hands on the Risen Lord? Who was invited to do so? Was it not poor, Doubting Thomas? At the tomb, the arisen Jesus told Mary to unhand him. Jesus said, “Do not cling to me, [do not touch me, do not hold me].” To Thomas, Jesus said, ”Put your finger here… reach out your hand and place it in my side.”

Maybe we should call him Touching Thomas. Did he have doubt? Yes. Would it have been better for Thomas to believe at simply hearing? Yes. Agreed. Absolutely. However, the defining moment in this man’s life was not his doubt, but the moment he touched Jesus.

I have to believe the same is true for me, and for you. 

  1. Have you ever faced a confidence issue in sports?
  2. Has there been a time of doubt in your own spiritual life?
  3. How are these experiences similar?
  4. In what way do you connect to Thomas's experience?

Heavenly Father, sometimes I question you - your goodness, your faithfulness, even your very existence. Thank  you that you are not put off by my questions, but invite me to touch you instead. Help my unbelief. In Jesus' name, amen.

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