S (Scripture): John 20:29 Jesus replied [to Thomas], “Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.”
30 Then Jesus did many other miraculous signs in his disciples’ presence, signs that aren’t recorded in this scroll. 31 But these things are written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son, and that believing, you will have life in his name.
O (Observation): The resurrected Jesus appears before the disciples a second time. This time, Thomas was in the room. He witnessed the piercings of Jesus’ hands and side. Now he believed that Jesus was indeed raised from the dead.
Why was this important?
So that people would believe Jesus is Christ – God’s anointed, God’s Son. This belief brings life now and for eternity.
A (Application): Belief in Jesus Christ as God’s Son brings Application for today and for eternity. We hold those two ends of the spectrum – now and eternity – loosely within our grasp.
We deeply appreciate the impact that this belief has upon us in our lifetime. We can learn to be kind to others. We can learn to sacrifice for others. We can learn to share God’s love with others.
We also deeply appreciate the idea that this life is not the end. That we will all be reunited with loved ones as we, too, pass away. That we will be with God and we will have good and holy work to do.
Jesus coming into this world is a blessing we are reminded of each year at this time, in the season of Advent. We await the Lord’s coming once again. And when that day comes, we will lift our heads and be of good courage!
P (Prayer): Lord, encourage us now and always. Amen.