Thomas said to him,
“My Lord and my God!”
This is the interesting and fascinating story of Thomas. After the resurrection, Thomas went through a very difficult time. He was questioning, in his mind, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. I can understand that. I think he was a man that wanted certainty. He had been through too much at the crucifixion. There was a series of events that had transpired and brought about a disappointing end. The whole life and ministry of Jesus had fallen apart in a few days. Those who had for so long persecuted them had now found a way to arrest and crucify Jesus. Once that momentum began there was no stopping it. Everything had completely unraveled and came apart.
It is hard to remain connected to anything when there is disillusionment and disappointment. Those series of events had completely unwound Thomas. He obviously felt like retreating. How could anybody be restored from what He had been through? Yet there were rumors circulating that Jesus had arose from the dead. There were questions around Jesus now that were very perplexing. How could any man rise from the dead? Yet some of His disciples were saying He was risen indeed.
Thomas had responded to that by saying, unless I touch the nail prints and the scar in His side, I will not believe. When you are dealing with Jesus, you need a God kind of faith. He will shake you because of who He is. No one was going to open the door of belief for Thomas. It was slammed shut. Who would want to believe after all the events?
When Jesus appears to the disciples, they had gathered in a place with all the doors shut. Jesus then says to them “Peace be with you.” Jesus knows how to show up in the middle of our doubts and that is just what He did. When Thomas saw Him, he was so stunned that his response was, “My Lord and my God”. He was seeing something that he had never seen before. Thomas had passed from a doubter to one who declared Jesus is Lord.
There are many who know Jesus as Saviour. There are a lot less who know Him as Lord. The point is that we need to know Him as Lord of our lives not just saviour. We need to see him not just one who saves us from something, but one who leads us into a relationship in which He becomes the Lord of our lives. This is something that is personal and powerful. Today will you know Him not only as Saviour, but will you make Him Lord of your life.