John 20:24-25

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”  John 20:24-25


Sometimes you just want to see for yourself.


People are different from one another.  The Myers-Briggs test reveals 16 personality types.  It is very difficult for people of one type to really understand how life looks and from the perspective of a different type.  Some are highly intuitive – they just “know” things and have no idea how it is that they know them.  Others need facts, numbers, data points, sensory inputs.


Thomas wanted to see for himself.


So do I.


Sure, we live by faith.  We accept certain things we cannot see.  We realize that doubt is the ants in the pants of faith.  Certainty, in a rapidly changing self located within a rapidly changing world, where you never will ever get all the evidence on anything ever, is an oasis.  An illusion.


But aren’t there ways to see for ourselves short of certainty?


I’m thinking that one of the keys is actually looking.  Making some effort to see.


Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given you.  Seek, and you shall find.  Knock, and the door will be opened for you.”  He also said, “Seek first the kingdom of God.”


So yes, I want to see for myself.  The question is…am I willing to do the seeking?


Let us pray:  Gracious Lord, we still live in the shadows of the light of Easter Sunday morning.  Inspire us to seek for you in all things, that we might see you for ourselves.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


5 Responses to “John 20:24-25”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Thank You we have you back!

  2. Steve Bales Says:

    The proof is there Pastor Kerry…if you have “eyes to see and ears to hear.” It’s like the old story about the wise old Indian Chief, who tells the young brave, “son, you have two dogs living inside you – a good dog and a bad dog – that are always at war with each other.” The young brave asks which dog will win? To which the wise old chief replies, “The one you feed, my son!” So I choose to “feed my good dog” daily by staying in “The Word.” Thank you for your devotions, pastor!

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