Today's readings, at chapel church, were Acts 5:12-20, Revelation 1:4-18, and John 20:19-31 (sermon text).
Thomas doubted the true Messiah before seeing Him risen. He put his trust in the wrong place - his eyes and hands were his basis for belief. Yet Jesus granted his needs - he needed to touch to believe, and Jesus presented His hands and side. All of the disciples had a hard time believing that Jesus had risen. They needed to see Him too - Thomas was just delayed.Jesus gave the proof to overcome the disciples' doubt. "Believe!" Thomas, by the Spirit's power, believed and was emboldened enough to spread the good news. Pray that God would destroy our statues - our brains, someone else, money, ourselves. Stop your doubting and believe, for Christ has given you everything necessary to cry out "My Lord and my God!" He forgives you; believe it. He has given His body and blood to prove it!
Soli Deo gloria.