3rd November 2019
Jesus and the Doubter
Thomas was one of Jesus’ disciples, but he was not with the others when Jesus visited them. The other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen Jesus!” But Thomas doubted. He said, “I don’t believe you! I want to see and touch the holes in His hands and His side, or I will never believe!” Eight days later, the disciples were indoors again. This time, Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came in and stood among them. He said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Reach out and touch My side. Don’t be an unbeliever; believe!” Thomas did believe. “My Lord and my God!” he said. Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe in Me without seeing Me are blessed.”
Read: John 20:24-29 &1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Thomas saw Jesus for himself. He saw that Jesus had been raised from the dead and was alive. He saw Jesus’ scars from the cross, where Jesus died for our sins. We have not seen Jesus, but Jesus said if we believe in Him without seeing Him, we are blessed.
Faith cannot be mustered up on your own; it is a gift from God. (Eph. 2:8-9) Pray that God would grant your kids faith to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
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Family Activity Idea: Host a storytelling contest. See who tells the most exciting and the most believable story. Remind them that the story of Jesus is both exciting and true.
- Is it wrong to have doubts?
- What is our evidence that Jesus is alive?
- Whom can we tell about out evidence?
God, thank You that none of Your followers in the Bible is perfect—just like we are not perfect. Thank You that we can learn from Thomas’ struggle to believe. Give us hearts to believe in You, even though we don’t see You with our eyes yet. Give us boldness to share about You so others can trust in You by faith