In the days immediately following His resurrection, Jesus appeared many times to various people (After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3). These people include the main disciples. John 20:24-29 details one instance where Thomas was not present when Jesus appeared. Upon being informed of Jesus’ appearance, Thomas replied that he would not believe unless he saw and touched Jesus’ wounds from the crucifixion.
Eight days later, Thomas was with the other disciples when Jesus appeared before them. When Jesus instructs Thomas to see and touch His wounds, Thomas acknowledges Jesus as Lord and God. At this point, Jesus tells Thomas that he believed by seeing, yet blessed are they that have not seen and have believed.
I’m writing about this today because we just observed Easter, aka Resurrection Sunday. While sermons included the Romans road and altar calls for the unsaved, God wants us all to believe in and trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Consider the fact that many of Jesus’ mighty works were made possible because of a person’s faith (Mark 6:5). Yes, God or Jesus did the miracles, but people benefiting got help because of their belief. Meanwhile, when it comes to our eternal home after leaving this world, John 3:16 says that whoever believes in Jesus should not perish, but have everlasting life. A similar instance can be found in Acts 16:25-31.
"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
A jailer holding Paul was contemplating suicide, and he asks the apostle what he must do to be saved. How does Paul respond? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” If you are a non-believer and you are scared of taking that leap of faith, don’t be. There are things in the Bible that seem hard to understand, if not scary. Still, Jesus tells us to not be afraid, rather believe (Mark 5:36). That’s that word again. Believe.
After reading this post, take the time to read Matthew, Mark, Luke and or John. While all the Gospels depict sin as the thing separating us from God, John takes a different but still well-meaning approach to lead people to Christ. And while Jesus did many things in the presence of His disciples not written in John’s book, things that were included got a mention so you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you might have eternal life through His name (John 20:30-31).
What do you believe?