I shared with you yesterday about seeing the Hamburglar when I was young, and no one in my family believed me. I’m sure one could surmise that it was a childhood fantasy, a dream, or wild imagination. I’ll give you that and understandably so given my young age, and that Hamburglar was a man in a costume. Why would he need to visit my home? After all, it wasn’t like we ate at McDonald’s all the time or owned stock in the company.
I shared a passage with you yesterday from Matthew 16 where Jesus asks Peter who the people say he is. Today’s passage comes from John 20.
There was a guy named Thomas; some called him doubting Thomas. Thomas is known for the famous line in Scripture that says, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nail marks were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”
Do you have a Bible? Check it out, visit the book of John, Chapter 20 and read the whole story. Fascinating stuff!
Jesus had appeared to the disciples, and those guys told Thomas, but Thomas’s response was unless he sees it for himself, he would not believe.
There are those in society today who feel the same way. Unless they see Jesus for themselves, they will not believe he exists. Unless they can see his nail-scarred hands and see his back, what people claimed happened, they reason never happened. They want his physical presence, then they will believe.
Here’s the thing though, God’s plan was so much better. Jesus is not limited to a physical body. No, he wants to be present with us at all times. What does that mean exactly? He is present with us in the form of the Holy Spirit.
What does that mean for us? It’s great because we can talk to him, tell him everything, share our fears, our excitement, our truths and take comfort in knowing he hears us and is with us all the time. Jesus can be as real to you and me as he was to Thomas back then. We need to believe.
Look, Jesus isn’t the Hamburglar – He is way better than the Hamburglar. We don’t need to ask to see his nail-scarred hands. And unlike hamburgers from McDonald’s, Jesus is free to all, and you don’t have to worry about your cholesterol.
God, thank you for your plan to send Jesus Christ to earth as a baby to save sinners like me. Thank you that you love us that much to put a plan into action and carry it through. I pray we would not be like Thomas, who doubted Jesus rose from the dead. May we share the good news with everyone. May we be light in a dark world. Oh Lord, I believe. Help those stuck in their unbelief. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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