Sunday, March 23, 2008
The Lord Has Risen!
18Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
20And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.
21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
23Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
I have always loved this story of "Doubting Thomas", the disciple who had been willing to go with Jesus and die with him. Then the doubt that he had when the Lord Jesus had risen from the dead.
How glorious can this be that of all the disciples, he was the one that looked Jesus right into the Lord's blessed face and declared, "My Lord and my God"....Oh he knew that that Jesus was God...oh the blessed Trinity!
Just to think that even though sometimes we are weak and unsure of the future and we doubt, the Lord will still be with us and care enough to give us the opportunity to see His working and restore to us our faith....the Lord Jesus...God Himself!!
The Man who came to earth to die for us, and raised again and gone now to Heaven and is waiting on God's command to come and take His bride!
2 Corinthians 9:15Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.