Scripture: Jeremiah 26, 36-37, John 20
John 20:29–31 Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!”
30 In his disciples’ presence Jesus performed many other miracles which are not written down in this book. 31 But these have been written in order that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through your faith in him you may have life.
Thomas’ declaration, “Unless I see His scars and touch them with my hand, I will not believe,” expressed a common sentiment: I have to see to believe.
In response, Jesus says, “How happy are those who believe without seeing me.”
This is our lot. We haven’t seen Jesus. We don’t have Thomas’ option. Yet Jesus says that we are more blessed than Thomas because we believe without seeing.
That raises a good question: on what basis do we believe? If we can’t see, how do we believe? Is it literally a blind faith? The next two verses answer the question. Those who did see wrote down what they saw “in order that you may believe.” While I didn’t see Jesus like Thomas, I do have the eyewitness testimony of those who did see and hear Jesus. I have a reliable basis for my faith in Jesus. It’s not blind faith.
But it is life-giving faith. “Through your faith in him you may have life.” This is the end goal: life. Abundant life, eternal life, life to the full. Jesus didn’t come to make me more religious; He came to make me alive! And this life comes through my faith, my relationship with Him.
So here are two great reasons to believe: the basis of faith and the benefit of faith. The basis is the eyewitness testimony of those who lived with Jesus—it’s not blind faith. And the benefit is life—life to full now and forever.
Prayer: Thanks Lord for giving us all we need to reasonably believe and experience life to the full!