John 20:24-28 – Faith By Hearing

John 20:24-28
 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

-Thomas had been absent when Jesus first appeared to His disciples after resurrecting and, because of this, he did not believe their story and would only believe according to the terms he laid down in verse 25.  Thomas had been so adamant that he would not believe until he had personally handled Jesus and felt His scars; why did he stop short of doing that?  Was it because he was too afraid of angering Jesus to go through with it?  No.  It is because faith does not come by touching, faith comes by hearing.  (Romans 10:17)  Thomas had a plan and Jesus was willing to let him go through with that plan; but by the time Jesus, the very Word of God made flesh, had finished speaking, Thomas was so full of faith that he could only declare, “My Lord and my God.”

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