Sunday Considerations: My Lord and My God

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Thomas, one of Jesus’ chosen twelve Apostles, initially doubted that Jesus had risen from the dead. Thomas’ story is recorded in the gospel of John chapter 20. He was not with the other disciples when they saw Jesus. Thomas declared that unless he could see and touch Jesus he would not believe.

Thomas did see and touch Jesus. John records the exchange between Thomas and Jesus that followed.

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:28-29 ESV)

Those of us who are Christians today fall into the category Jesus gives as those who are blessed because we have believed yet not seen as Thomas had. Thomas knew Jesus’ teachings and claims about Himself, but wanted a little more in order to believe. Yet, Christians today know Jesus’ teachings and claims about Himself and believe.

Consider Thomas’ response again the moment after he touched Jesus. He said, “My Lord and my God!” Christian, as you are worshiping together with other Christians this weekend, what are you thinking about Jesus Christ? You say that you believe just as Thomas believed though you have not seen.

As you worship Jesus Christ this weekend, will you be mindful about who He is just as Thomas did and praise Him as ‘My Lord and my God’?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Albert Rommal January 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Amen Brother. It is a Lord, our Lord that we come into the presence of when we gather together. May we do so with reverence and godly fear.

2 Mark January 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Thanks, Albert!

3 Brian Osisek January 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

Thanks Mark. If you would pray for me and my wife as we look for a fellowship or start a house fellowship—its been about three years since we left our Church of (20) years.

4 Michael Buratovich January 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Mark, It seems to me that Thomas sometimes gets a bad rap for not believing until he had seen. However, none of the Eleven believed that Jesus had risen from the dead when Mary told them, and it was only after they had seen Jesus that they truly believed that He had risen from the dead. Therefore the Eleven, it seems to me, were just as much unbelievers as Thomas. In the gospels, Thomas comes across as somewhat blunt and resigned. He tends to get a bad rap that actually belongs to the rest of the Eleven as well.

5 Chris @ PrayBuddy.com January 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm

When I have doubts with my faith, I remember Thomas. He had walked with Jesus. He had seen Jesus do these miracles. He had heard Jesus teach. But he still had doubt. Jesus could have chosen to never appear to Thomas and maybe Thomas wouldn’t have ever believed that Jesus had risen. However, Jesus did seek after Thomas. He revealed himself to Thomas in his moment of weakness. I believe we can expect the same. We might not physically be able to touch or see Jesus, but we can get the answers we need in His word. We can see the work of His hands in our changed lives. It’s comforting to think that Jesus doesn’t abandon us if we doubt Him. He will further show us the truth if we let Him.

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