“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

On the evening of the day of His resurrection, Jesus appeared to a group of His Disciples that were behind locked doors for fear of the Jewish Leaders.  His first words to them were, “Peace be with you”.

 He showed them His hands, and His side.  They were overjoyed when they saw that it was the Lord.  He breathed upon them, and told them to receive the Holy Spirit, and His authority. (John 20:19,20)
“Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.  So 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.’   A 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!’  Then 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.’  Thomas said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’  Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” (John 20:24-29)
After Jesus rose from the dead, the Word records that He appeared to Mary Magdalene, then to the other women at the tomb, then to Peter in Jerusalem, then to two travelers on the road to Emmaus, then to the 10 disciples described above, then to the 11 with Thomas. He appeared to the 7 disciples that had gone fishing, and to the 11 disciples as He gave the “great commission”.  Paul writes of Him appearing to a crowd of 500, and to His Brother James, and then to those who watched Him ascend into Heaven.  He appeared to them over a period of forty days. (Acts 1:3)
 Hundreds personally saw Him after the Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead (Romans 8:11), and it changed many of their lives forever.  They were part of those who believed in Him and took the Gospel of Christ Jesus to the world.  The Lord showed Himself to many to make sure there were plenty of witnesses to attest to the fact that He had arisen from the dead, but as He told Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.”   Thomas was told by 10 of his trusted brothers that Jesus had returned to life, and what He had said and done for them, but he would not believe until he saw it for himself.
We are told by the Word, which is Jesus Christ Himself, (John 1:1) that He lives, and all He has done for us through His life, death, and resurrection.  That He lives to walk with us each day in the Holy Spirit, and to meet our every need.  There is nothing more trustworthy than the Word of Christ Jesus, yet some refuse to believe.  They want proof they can see.
We are to be that proof – those who have believed, those who walk in Him.  He said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)  We are His witnesses. We are to let others see Jesus in us.  Walk in His love, God’s Beloveds.  “Peace be with you”.
Poppa B.

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