Day 36 | Stop Doubting & Believe

John 20: 19-29
Yeshua Appears to the Disciples
19 It was evening on that day, the first of the week. When the doors were locked where the disciples were, for fear of the Judean leaders, Yeshua came and stood in their midst! And He said to them, “Shalom aleichem!”
20 After He said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
21 Yeshua said to them again, “Shalom aleichem! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
22 And after He said this, He breathed on them. And He said to them, “Receive the Ruach ha- Kodesh!
23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; but if you hold back, they are held back.”
24 One of the Twelve, Thomas called the Twin, was not with them when Yeshua came.
25 The other disciples were saying to him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he replied to them, “Unless I see the nail prints in His hands, and put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand in His side, I will never believe!”
26 Eight days later the disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Yeshua comes, despite the locked doors. He stood in their midst and said, “Shalom aleichem!”
27 Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe!”
28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Yeshua said to Him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed? Blessed are the ones who have not seen and yet have believed!”

REFLECT

Thomas was capable of both great devotion (John 11:16) but also skepticism (John 14:5). Aren’t we all like this? Regardless of how faithful God has been to us in the past, when we are confronted with a situation that demands faith we instead choose to doubt. At moments like this, we need to remember Yeshua’s encouragement to Thomas: “Stop doubting and believe!” There will always be moments when our trust in the Lord wavers but at times like these we need to exercise our faith and choose to believe instead of doubting.

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