Thursday, November 16

“I will never believe it.”

Scripture: John 20

John 20:25–29 The other disciples told Thomas, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “Unless I see the wounds from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it!” 

26 Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and examine my hands. Extend your hand and put it into my side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.”28 Thomas replied to him, “My Lord and my God!”29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Observation

Thomas stubbornly refused to believe that Jesus was resurrected despite the multitude of witnesses who had seen Him. “I have to see myself,” he insisted, “or I will never believe it.” 

Thomas’ unbelief is stated strongly: “I will never believe it” translates a double negative in Greek: “I will not, (let me say it again) not believe it.” This seems strange since he had heard the testimony of more than ten good friends! 

This is stubborn unbelief in the face of good evidence.

And then Jesus showed up, and Thomas believed. Jesus does that. Paul’s story is another example, and there are multitudes of contemporary stories where Jesus shows up and turn unbelief into faith: “My Lord and my God.”  

Application

This story gives me hope. I have friends who like Thomas would say, “I will never believe it.” Sometimes I feel like I’m wasting my time and energy praying for them and sharing Jesus with them. But I’m not, because one day Jesus may show up in their lives and change them! 

Do you have friends who would say, “I will never believe it”? Keep praying. Keep sharing the gospel. 

Prayer: Jesus, You know who my friends are who might say, “I will never believe it.” I pray again for them today. Show up Jesus in their lives and surprise them. Bring them to faith one way or another. And help me to not give up, but keep praying and keep sharing until one day they bow before You and say, “My Lord and my God.”

More: Job 3-5, Luke 16