Authentic Faith- Day 7

 Devotions for Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Reflection Series Continues tonight!
Tonight is going to rock at H2O as we finish up the Reflection series.  Make plans to be there!

Now to today’s Devotion:

John 20:24-31

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.29 Jesus saith unto him,Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Pastor Ben’s Commentary:
-This passage tells the story of what happened with Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples.
-When Jesus first appeared to the disciples Thomas was not there.
-When they told Thomas that they had seen Jesus alive after he died Thomas was skeptical. Thomas didn’t believe. He was so skeptical that he told them he would have to see and touch Jesus to actually believe it to be true.
-Thomas was wrong though. When Jesus appeared again, Thomas was there, and Jesus gave Thomas the opportunity to see and touch Him. Thomas didn’t have to touch Him at all, but rather proclaimed “My Lord and My God.”
-The passage goes on to say that Jesus did all kinds of things that aren’t even contained in the rest of the book of John.
-The author then goes on to say that what is written is there so that WE MAY BELIEVE! THAT IS FAITH!
1. Those who believe in Jesus even when they haven’t seen Him will be blessed! That is faith! Faith believes what it can’t see. That doesn’t mean that there is not evidence to believe in Jesus, it just means that where we can’t see or understand we choose to trust in God.
2. The purpose of the Bible is that we might have faith in God. The purpose that John states here for the book of John isn’t really different from that of any other book of the Bible. The whole Bible is about God’s interaction in human history in revealing Himself to man, and redeeming man to Himself.
3. One day faith will become sight. Just like it was for Thomas, we will see Jesus one day. There will come a day when the Bible says that “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” One day we shall see Him and know Him better than we ever have!
4. Our faith in Jesus must lead us to making Him known. The only gospel that many people will ever read is our lives. Is your faith in God leading you to help make Him known to others?

One day faith will become sight!