Awhile back the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of John 20:19-31.
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
Jesus breathed life into his disciples and into all of us. For we were all given the Holy Spirit and the Light of Christ in our hearts. Faith gets God’s attention, and it is no different for the Son Jesus Christ, who loves us and reigns with God Himself, and is Lord over God’s Kingdom. Jesus, is extremely strong, yet gentle and believing in Him is something He is asking everyone through this conversation with Thomas the apostle. Jesus is still with us today and we can turn to him for anything! His promises stand throughout time.
Faith moves mountains, and believing in the Savior and knowing that with God all things are truly possible is believing in the One who sent the Lord, and in God’s Spiritual Truth, which will stand throughout eternity.