Thursday, July 2, 2009

Daily - 7/2/09

John 20:23-31

23 Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

24 Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 So the other disciples said to 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 into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

26 Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."

27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe."

28 Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

29 Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of (his) disciples that are not written in this book.

31 But these are written that you may (come to) believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name


God reveals himself to people, and it is up to the people to respond. Thomas goes down in history as being a doubter, but in the end look at his response - "My Lord and my God."

Is that our response when Christ presents himself to us? Because he most certainly DOES present Himself to us, over and over each day. Are we in tune? If we are, is our response the same as Thomas' confession - My Lord and My God -- or is it something different?