There is a marked difference in our lives when we Believe in the Risen Lord…
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
We are here today because Christ is the risen Lord. One of the reasons that Jesus came was to break the hold on humanity.
As we go along in our lives we need to be careful to not be like Thomas. There are some things that Thomas misses when Jesus shows up-
- Thomas misses the peace of Jesus. A risen Lord sets you free.
- Thomas misses the fellowship, because he just was not there.
- Thomas misses the joy. Where the Lord is, there is joy.
We come to church to experience the risen Lord. Being with fellow believers builds our faith. God says we are stronger together. It was not His design that we be isolated and alone.