The emptiness of that tomb changes everything. No longer are we required to live under the burdensome law; now we live under God’s grace. That gift of grace leads to life eternal for anyone and everyone who will proclaim Jesus “lord of their life.” (Romans 10:9-10 NRSV) But sometimes we want more, we want proof. Maybe we learned that from one of the disciples, Thomas who was also called “The Twin.”
In John 20:19-29 we can read his story. Jesus had appeared to all of the disciples except Thomas. When the others shared what had happened Thomas refused to believe. He needed proof. He told them that unless he could see the nail scars in his hands and touch them and see and touch his side he simply could not and would not believe that Jesus was actually alive! And so in Jesus appears to them again when Thomas is present and Thomas does get to see and touch!
Seeing and touching are two important senses that we have. We see danger as well as all the beauty in God’s creation. Without our sight it is difficult to be mobile. Our sense of touch allows us to feel the difference in things, hot and cold, rough and smooth, wet and dry and so on. Those two senses working together also allow us to make good decisions. Thomas used those two senses to determine that Jesus had in fact been raised form the dead.
Today, we can’t see and touch the hands and side of Jesus but there are so many people who come to believe that god raised Jesus from the dead out of nothing but pure faith. That is the way Jesus wants us to come into a relationship with him—faith. Not because we have seen and touched but because we have faith and we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God. Jesus compliments Thomas on his belief and then he adds, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”(John 20:29b NRSV) Amen.