Thought for the week April 19 Central Fife Times
This coming Sunday is the anniversary of the day when Thomas, one of the 12 disciples of the Lord Jesus, famously stated, “I WILL NOT BELIEVE”, when told that Christ was alive. This is why he is often called ‘doubting Thomas’. Thomas in some way embodies all who have problems, doubts and fears and queries about evidence for resurrection. We live in an age of deep skepticism where people are being bombarded with fake news. There is a need for evidence. Thomas could have believed the bible prophesies that the Christ must rise again from the dead –they always had been shown to be right. The predictions, for example, of the birth of Christ at Bethlehem, the betrayal by his friend, His death by crucifixion, gambling for His clothes, had all come true. Thomas could have believed the reliable testimony of his own friends and fellow disciples. They also had been deeply skeptical themselves when first told that Jesus had been raised again but after seeing Him alive their lives were utterly transformed from sorrow and doubt, to joy and happiness. His beleaguered fisherman friends could hardly have fought the Roman guard of 16 soldiers, broken the seal of Rome, rolled back the stone and stolen the body! When Thomas saw the risen Christ on this Sunday almost 2000 years ago he no longer needed to put his finger into the print of the nails in His hands. Instead he fell down believing and shouted: “My Lord and My God”. Every Christian can look back to a point where they did the same and came to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, finding doubt turned to assurance; sorrow turns to joy; anxiety to hope.