Shortly after the Resurrection of Jesus He appeared to His shocked disciples. Everyone was there but Thomas.
Thomas had made statements pertaining to not believing that Jesus was alive, and had actually said that he would not believe unless he was able to put his fingers into the nail and spear marks.
Jesus has a way of making a persons desires come true.
When Jesus appeared to them for a second time Thomas was there.
Once he saw Jesus in His risen state, complete with the scars of the crucifixion he proclaimed Jesus as his God.
This did not come without some chastisement from Jesus.
John 20:29 - "Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
Poor Thomas. He has carried the tag "Doubting Thomas" ever since.
How about you?
Why do you believe?
Did you demand a sign of some sort before you threw in with Jesus?
Did you have to "see" something first? Did Jesus need to perform a parlor trick for you?
Does He really need to do that?
Do you want Him to make you well first? Fill your bank account? Restore your marriage? Find you a job?
Blessed are those who believe without seeing.
I remember close to 25 years ago needing Him desperately. I also needed a bunch of stuff done in the way of miracles.
However, I simply believed in Him without strings and without a demonstration.
All the miracles I needed took place the moment I believed first.
Jesus had me from the git go, and I have never left Him or doubted Him.
He is the real deal. He doesn't have to prove a solitary thing to me.
So, if you have a bunch of "ifs" attached to your contingency to believe in Him, it may very well be the reason you have remained disappointed.
How about just believing.
Paul said in Romans 10, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
The only "if" is whether you will or not.
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><