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27th April 2023


Encounters with the Risen Christ

Following any encounter with the risen resurrected Christ life cannot remain the same.
Jesus’ resurrection power begins its transformative work in our lives.
Mary became the first witness whilst the disciples moved from fear to faith as they received the Holy Spirit.
Through another post-resurrection appearance to the disciples Jesus addressed Thomas’ doubts.
What happened through that encounter will be our focus for today.


Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails,
and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them.
Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”
Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands;
and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:24-29


Thomas was not present when Jesus first appeared to the disciples following His resurrection.
Thomas would not believe that they had seen & touched the risen Lord. He doubted their testimony.
For him he needed to see to believe. That was the only way his doubts would be overcome.
Because of his unbelieving heart Thomas needed to see Jesus & touch the wounds of crucifixion himself.
He would not believe on the testimony of others!!

Jesus appeared to the disciples again, this time with Thomas present & for his benefit. An act of amazing grace.
Jesus directly addressed every doubt that Thomas had & a offered His wounds for Thomas to touch & explore.
This encounter completely melted Thomas’ heart & banished all his doubts.
Every doubt became the servant of faith & Thomas believed & worshipped – My Lord & My God.
The first evidence of Jesus being addressed as Lord & God in the New Testament.
A glorious revelation through encounter with the risen resurrected Christ.
Thomas saw & believed though Jesus’ encouragement to them & us is that it is more blessed to believe without seeing.
The antidote to doubt is to believe (without seeing) & worship the risen Lord. SELAH.

Jesus met with Thomas where Thomas was at & He will do the same for us today.
The Lord is so gracious & good to us & the risen Christ is ready & willing to address our every doubt.
Every single one of us experiences some form of doubt alongside our believe & faith (Mark 9:24).
Doubts bring disruption & instability to our lives (James 1:6). They toss us to & fro & hinder our prayer lives (1 Timothy 2:8).
To overcome those doubts we must believe the risen Lord. That belief springs forth from our hearts rather
than our heads. SELAH.
Jesus, the risen resurrected Lord, our God, can address & settle your doubts & my doubts. Hallelujah!!.
Let faith & belief arise & flourish O Lord. Glory to God.


For Reflection

  • What doubts has the Lord delivered me from? Share testimony of that with someone today.
  • In what ways or areas do I still struggle with doubts?
  • Meditate upon Jesus who is my Lord & my God.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that Your love never runs out on me,
That you are so patient, generous, kind & loving as You keep conforming me to the image of Your Son.
Jesus thank you that You are so understanding, compassionate & gracious to me,
You met me where I am at & gently & sensitively address my every doubt.
Holy Spirit keep me believing & help me in my unbelief & doubt,
Keep me looking unto, & longing after, Jesus my risen Lord & my God.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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