Presence Over Doubt
One of the thing that I love to do for my personal Devotion life and sermon prep weekly is listen to the Pulpit Fiction Podcast I would recommend this podcast. In this weeks podcast Pastor Rob McCoy from Rock Island made a few points that really hit me hard and I would like to share those with you.
This weeks scripture is John 20:19-31 “It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.”
Thomas, the one called Didymus, one of the Twelve, wasn’t with the disciples when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord!”
But he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger in the wounds left by the nails, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.”
26 After eight days his disciples were again in a house and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus entered and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!”
28 Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus replied, “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.
As Rob was elaborating on this scripture he started to get choked up and pointed out something that hits really hard in the current time from this story of Doubting Thomas. Rob points out that in versus 26 as Jesus enters in with the disciples they were in locked upper room and Jesus still got there anyway to defeat Thomas’s Doubt.
This hit me hard after reading Pastor Jims Devotional from Monday stating that God didn’t do this. What if people are doubting that God Can fix this? What if our readers feel like Jesus has Left them in this time of need. We all are doubting Thomas in some ways.
Hear the Good News friends Jesus is NEVER locked out. He will continue to find ways into your heart to break down the barriers of doubt, fear, loneliness. We are still in the Presence of our savior even in these hard times that we are not in the presence of others. Please remember that the Presence of Jesus is always more powerful than any Doubt or fear!