Hello Clemmons UMC family!
If we've been around church for a while, we've heard the story of "doubting Thomas".
If you're not familiar with the story, one of Jesus' disciples, Thomas, refused to believe in Jesus' resurrection: “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25).
Many times we count Thomas' actions against him, treating his lack of faith as a demerit against an eternal reward.
However, Jesus is not intimidated by Thomas' statement. We easily forget that Jesus had earlier chosen Thomas as a disciple, knowing quite well of Thomas' inquisitive and skeptical nature (Luke 6:12-16). Think about that: Jesus chose a skeptic as one of his inner circle, someone who was with him for three years.
If you are new to church, are an agnostic or a spiritual seeker (or you know someone who is!), this is terrific news.
A week after Thomas' statement of skepticism, Jesus appears to all of the disciples this time, including Thomas. In that meeting, "(Jesus) said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:27-28)
Jesus sought out Thomas specifically in order to dispel any doubt regarding Jesus' resurrection.
Thomas then believed. He received truth from Jesus, and he became more than he was before that experience.
Please join us for worship this Sunday as I will be preaching on this passage. Invite a friend or a neighbor, too! Skeptics are MORE than welcome to join us!
Rev. Clark Chilton