Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family,
As promised, I am back again with even more to say about our text from Confirmation Sunday, John 20:19-31. After Thomas’s confession, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus responds by saying “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
Over the years Jesus’s statement has been interpreted as a reprimand to Thomas for his need to see the wounds of the resurrected Jesus in order to believe. We have taken it to mean that the faith of those who didn’t—and don’t—need to see the wounds is somehow superior to the faith and Thomas and the other disciples who, even a week after the resurrection, were still hiding away behind locked doors out of fear.
But perhaps we could see it differently if we put ourselves in place of John’s first audience—Jewish faithful whose temple had been destroyed and who struggled to see how the resurrection could hold any significance when nothing in their lives seemed to have changed for the better. Imagine the comfort of knowing that the blessings of Jesus weren’t just for those who had seen him with their own eyes, but were for all who gave their lives to the truth of the resurrection, new life, and salvation. One does not need to see Jesus or touch his wounds to give their lives to the resurrected Jesus. There are signs of resurrection everywhere if we have the eyes to see, and every sign is a gift from God, calling us into future that God’s is transforming even now.