The Grace of God Sun 3rd April 16

Today, Christians from all over the world will be reflecting on the encounter that Thomas had with the risen Lord Jesus, two-thousand years ago. Having been absent when Jesus first appeared to the other disciple, Thomas exclaimed `I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.’ It is of course tempting to focus on Thomas and in doing so, to somehow suppose we would have acted differently given the circumstances. Yet, I am convinced that the message and indeed the glory of this story is not the doubt of Thomas, but the grace of God revealed by Jesus. John, himself an eyewitness of the encounter, tells us, ’Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said’.

Isn’t that wonderful? Jesus didn’t come to tear Thomas down, but to build him up. He didn’t appear in order to make him redundant, but in order to restore him. Therefore, I encourage you today; however you are struggling to receive the peace that Jesus offers. Allow him and his word and his grace to minister to your spirit. Indeed in doing so, you will receive the revelation, in order that just like Thomas, you will have the joy to declare ‘My Lord and My God.’

Yours in Him, Gareth