We all struggle with our faith and in our darkest hour question the very faith that has carried us thus far in our lives. None more so than Thomas
“…Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
This is the situation for most of us today. We keep demanding signs from God even though we have experienced his grace up close, but still look for miracles and signs to reconfirm our faith. Thomas was with Jesus for more than three years, he had seen all the miracles He performed how He raised the dead, heard His teaching and prophesies but still was unable to grasp the supernatural aspect of Jesus rising from the dead. We may go to church, and would have accepted Christ as our personal saviour, but still not be aware of the
awesomeness of our God. For that we need to grow in His word and equip ourselves to face any situation with the complete faith that In Christ all things our possible.
Pharisees demanding for Signs (Matthew 16)
“….there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of Jonah.”
These are those people who have no intent in accepting the Gift Christ had to offer but wanted to divert anyone else who would listen to Christ’s gospel. They ask for miracle and signs in order to trap Jesus either at the name of Sabbath or accusing Jesus of performing Black Magic. To them Christ responds that the signs of past were not enough to make you turn and there is no point in ‘throwing pearls in front of you’. There have been many philosophies trying to stamp out the name of Jesus, Darwinism and Scientology trying to belittle the marvelous creation of God but the name of Jesus still stands strong. In fact it was L. Ron Hubbard who stated his desire to start a new religion as he felt there is lot of money in the ‘Business of Religion’ just four prior to him fathering the religion of Scientology.
The Pharisees treated the religion as a business and were threatened after the signs of Jesus and His predecessors. They tried every possible way to try to negate Jesus’ teachings in the name of blasphemy.
The Unbelieving Towns (Matthew 11)
“But I say unto you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the Day of Judgment, than for thee.”
The cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida were the places where most of Jesus’ mighty works were done, but still they stubbornly refused to repent. To them Christ says the destruction of Sodom was nothing compared to the destruction their souls will suffer.
People keep demanding miracles and signs and when they receive they forget all about it and carry on their same path. Yet because of his grace God keeps giving them chance after chance to repent. The warmth of Jesus’ love can melt all hardened hearts if only we receive what he so freely gave.
The Centurion’s Faith (Matthew 8)
“Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”
And then there was this centurion who did not know Christ except for mere hearsay, but still came to Him not for his son or daughter but to ask for the healing of his servant, A commander of an army humbling himself to a foreigner, in every sense of the word, as he did not know anything about Christ only that He could bring relief to his servant. Surely faith like that of centurion who insisted that Christ need not bother coming to his house but rather say the word and his servant would be healed, is something people like Thomas need to learn. It’s not about how many hours of mass you attend each Sunday or how many verses you can memorize. It is all in vain if we can’t apply them in our lives.
It was the centurion’s belief that brought healing to his servant. In the same manner our faith would reap benefits for the people around us and we will be a channel of blessing to others.