mighty waters silently flow
there is daytime everywhere
filling us up with
I will praise the Lord
(John 20:24-29 KJV)
The situation was the following: Jesus had been crucified and, no doubt, Jesus was dead, which had been proved by the soldier...
"But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water." (John 19:34 KJV)
The Romans did this to exclude an apparent death. They wanted to be sure, and they were. They could not risk that there was the slightest doubt about the death of this Jesus whom Pilate had named "JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS" in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin (John 19:19-20) and who had caused such a riot among the Jews.
What is interesting, however, is that it is the disciple Thomas who has doubts about Jesus' resurrection. Did he not remember the event when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead?
"Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. Then when Jesus came, he found that he [Lazarus] had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." (John 11:16-24 KJV)
Thomas was present, yet his doubts, also in John 11:16 where he wants to die with Lazarus rather than put his trust in Jesus to raise him up. But Martha believed that Jesus could have healed Lazarus when he was still alive, and she still has hope and trusts God enough to be able to raise Lazarus after four days of being dead, but cannot really imagine it. Have you ever seen someone who was dead for four days? But no problem for God to raise him from the dead...
The question comes into my mind why Lazarus was raised... Jesus did not say "Lazarus will rise again" but he addressed Martha personally and told her "*Your brother* will rise again", right after she had confessed her trust in Him, like the woman who knew Jesus could heal her if she only touched his garment...
"And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague." (Mark 5:25-34 KJV)
So it is the faith in Jesus that can heal and even raise people from the dead!
Another example (one of the many in the four Gospels) is surely the blind man whose "faith had made him whole"...
"And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way." (Mark 10:46-52 KJV)
Or think of the the centurion of Capernaum...
"And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." (Matthew 8:5-10 KJV)
This centurion knew that Jesus' Word alone was enough to heal his servant from the distance!
I think we often do not really have enough trust, and think that God cannot heal our beloved ones, or that He does not want to heal our beloved ones, but we seldom think that it might be our faith that is too weak.
Back to the topic...
Thomas was present when Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, yet did not believe his brothers when they told him they had seen Jesus, who was alive! Thomas wanted to SEE Him and to touch Him. That is a very human matter... we do not want to rely on stories, or on a second hand experience. We want to experience things on our own, and we need a personal proof. Thomas did not believe the others and made no secret out of that. What did Jesus do? He was not offended at all but in His big love He showed Himself to Thomas and came into their middle while the doors were closed, so Thomas could see and touch Him.
There is a difference between Jesus and Thomas and Jesus and us. The Disciples - as well as about 600 other people who saw Him - could see Him face to face after the resurrection, because He had not ascended to the Father in Heaven yet. But the Lord left us someone here, and He can give proof of the presence of God.
If YOU have still doubts, tell it to the Lord, and He might turn up to prove to you who He is. But if you can, try this:
Be not faithless, but believing. Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
God Bless You,