Today's verses are John 20:24-26: "Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, 'We have seen the Lord.' But he said to them, 'Unless I see his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finder into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe. Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you.'" My child, I love Thomas. He is often wrongly dubbed, "Doubting Thomas." But his doubt is not always bad. Like Thomas, if your doubt motivates you to find truth, that is good. If your doubt leads you to unbelief, that is bad. As someone once said, doubt should be the ants in the pants of faith.
When I appeared the first time to my disciples to give them my commission that they were to go into the world, Thomas was not present. Like the others, he had fled. He was hiding from the Jewish authorities, convinced, if found, they would do to him what they had done to him.
Eventually, eight days later, the following Sunday after my resurrection, he came out of hiding and rejoined the other disciples. They told him that they had seen me. This is where his doubt kicked in. He wondered if they had seen a ghost. Of if they were hallucinating. He then made his famous statement that unless he saw the nail marks on my hands and was able to place his own finger in the mark where the nails were placed, and touch the wound in my side, he would never believe.
It is then that I appeared to them all. I wanted to make sure Thomas was with them. He would be a very important part of my gospel proclamation worldwide. He eventually took my gospel to India!
Suddenly, I appeared among them and said, "Peace be with you." I said the same words when I first appeared to them.
My child, my presence should always bring my peace to my followers. The antidote throughout Scripture to all fear is my presence. "Do not be afraid for I am with you" (Isaiah 41:10). "Even though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will be with you" (Psalm 23:4). I will be with you no matter what you may face!
Also, my child, please continue to seek me with all your heart, soul, mind and might! Please know that your doubts that motivate you to seek me can be good doubts. Thomas came back to fellowship with my other disciples. Notice I appeared to him while he was in community with other believers. I did not appear to him alone. When you seek me, even in your doubts, make sure you do so with other believers. My resurrection realities are best understood when you are seeking me with others, not alone.
If you seek, you will find. If you knock, the door will be opened. If you ask, you will be answered. I am your very present help in time of need. My peace I give to you. I will never desert you.
You can trust me today.