Lord Halifax, a former foreign secretary of Great Britain, once shared a railway compartment with two prim-looking spinsters. A few moments before reaching his destination, the train passed through a tunnel. In the utter darkness Halifax kissed the back of his hand noisily severa … More
Doubt is often an intellectual problem. We want to believe but our faith is shattered by problems and questions. We cannot fault Thomas for wanting a personal experience, but we can condemn him for laying down conditions for the Lord to meet. It may sound intellectual to question what Jesus did, but such questions are usually evidence of hard hearts. It is not necessary to “see” Jesus Christ in order to believe. Jesus did not rebuke Thomas for his doubts. He rebuked him for his unbelief. Unbelief is a moral problem. We simply will not believe.
John’s purpose for writing this book is clearly presented in the last two verses of this chapter. Jesus had worked many other miracles for his disciples, and not all of them are written in this book (v. 30). However, these are written so that you will put your faith in Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God (v. 31). If you have faith in him, you will have true life.
In my own spiritual walk I need to make sure that I am not struggling with spiritual doubts. Doubting the Lord in any area of my spiritual walk will hinder me from being all that He wants me to be.
Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, 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 in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe." Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
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John 17:1-8Jesus’ Prayer For His Glorification
John 17:9-19Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples
John 17:20-26Jesus’ Prayer for Unity of Believers
John 18:1-14Jesus’ Betrayal by Judas
John 18:15-27Trial Before Annas
John 18:28-37Pilate Questions Jesus
John 18:38-40Pilate’s Compromise
John 19:1-6Jesus Is Scourged
John 19:7-16Pilate Gives In Under Pressure
John 19:17-27Jesus is Crucified
John 19:28-37Fulfilment of Prophecy
John 19:38-42The Burial of Jesus
John 20:1-10The Resurrection of Jesus
John 20:11-18Mary Magdalene Returns to the Tomb
John 20:19-23Jesus Gives Peace
John 20:24-31Thomas Sees Jesus and Believes
John 21:1-14The Need For Full Obedience
John 21:15-25Restoration and Leadership