But Thomas Did Not Believe

Thomas, in this case, was the spokesman for the disciples when he honestly confessed not to know where Messiah YAHSHUA was going, therefore, they did not know the way. That also showed Them not to know Who YAHSHUA was, neither where He had come from. The spiritual scale that blinded them was thick. Was there any man ever been born who displayed the power to perform miracles, even to raise the dead? No, none. YAHSHUA said, If you had known Me, you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have seen Him (vs.5-7).  That implies, I and the Father are One. I do what He tells Me to do; We are in agreement in all things as One.  After YAHSHUA had said these words, Philip, acting as he had just awoken, said, Lord, show us the Father; then we shall be satisfied. YAHSHUA replied to him, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, Show us the Father? (vs.7-9).  Do you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the works; believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves (vs10-11). Philip was reminded that the supernatural works the Lord performed spoke of YAHSHUA’s relationship with His Father.  Thomas, representing The disciples’ ignorance, confessed not knowing where YAHSHUA came from, neither where He was going. For this reason, they were vulnerable to betrayal, to denial, to doubt the Lord and to ignorance of Whom He was.  As we see the picture where Judas betrayed YAHSHUA, Peter denied Him, Thomas doubted Him and Philip couldn’t see the reality of Whom YAHSHUA was.  

Thomas’ nicknames were Twin, possible he had a twin brother; and later nicknamed Thomas the Doubter, for having doubted the resurrection of our Lord, YAHSHUA. That marked him for the rest of his life. Faithless Thomas missed the blessing of believing the truth. He witnessed Lazarus resurrection; He heard YAHSHUA calling Lazarus to come forth from death to life in a situation when he had been dead and buried for four days.  Wouldn’t it had been enough to remind him of God’s power over death? But Thomas doubted in his heart the evidence that demanded his belief, for it is only faith that belief follows. What would have happened had YAHSHUA not come to Thomas for him to verify the evidence of His resurrection? For sure, Thomas would have left the group and gone with his life. Who would serve a dead master? But the Lord came that night for Thomas, this lost sheep. YAHSHUA then demanded that Thomas would do what he himself expressed in his unbelief, Unless I see in His hands the marks made by the nails and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe (John 20:25). That encounter with YAHSHUA was a very important one for Thomas. That changed the course of his purpose in life, for YAHSHUA so admonished him saying, Do not be faithless and incredulous, but believe! In repentance, Thomas answered Him, MY Lord and my God! His eyes were opened then to see YAHSHUA as the Way to God, as the Son of God, alive and ready to save those who were lost in their unbelief. YAHSHUA came at that time for Thomas, giving him another chance to return to Him, before He left for heaven. As a result, Thomas became an active messenger of the Gospel in India; he died in 72 A.D. as a martyr for His Lord, YAHSHUA.

Perhaps, you my friend, do not know YAHSHUA as the only Way to God, neither do you know Him as the Son of God. This could be the day He is coming to you to show you the evidences that demand your belief: that He is the One Who took your cross and on that cross, He received the nails that crucified Him in your instead. The marks on His hands, feet and side, will assure you that He is the Savior of the world. He visits you today with the message He gave to Thomas: “Do not be faithless and incredulous, but believe!” Life is only a speck of dust; it is here today and gone tomorrow with the wind that blows it away to eternity. Where will you go then? The choice is yours. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). Time and chance are given to all. Don’t miss yours!

Exiting this earth without knowing the Way to heaven, most likely that you will not get there. Know the Way -know YAHSHUA, the only Way to the heavenly destination!

THINK ABOUT IT!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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