Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Sunday, August 19, 2018

Printed for Thomases

Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, . . . I will not believe.
JOHN 20:25

Thomas was slow to believe, but was totally convinced at the end. He paid dearly for being absent from the fellowship of the disciples when the risen Lord first appeared to them. His absence left him in doubt and despair for a further week. It must have been a week of coldness and blank numbness within his soul as he wrestled with the events of Christs death and reports of His resurrection. There were no comforts or blessings through Thomass witness during those days of scepticism. Unbelief is a rotten and fruitless plant.

However, Thomas was present when the Lord appeared again to His disciples eight days later. On that occasion the Lord, knowing full well of Thomass struggle, singled him out and invited him to behold the print of the nails in His hands. Thomass unbelief disappeared at the sight of Christ, and he expressed his total belief in the risen Lord, stating, My Lord and my God (v. 28). The nail prints were enough to dispel all doubts and to create a living faith in doubting Thomas.

It is the sight of those nail prints in the Saviours hands that transforms doubters into believers today. What was printed in the Saviours hands for Thomas to see and believe is recorded in Holy Scripture for us to read and believe. The written Word of God is printed for us to deliver us from all doubts. May the Lord show us all the truth that He died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (I Cor. 15:3, 4), that we may not be faithless, but believing.

The Scriptures are in print what Christ is in person. The inspired Word is like a faithful portrait of Christ.
A. W. Tozer

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