The Cloud of Witnesses
Former title Lessons From the People of the Bible
Lesson 4: Thomas – My Lord And My God
Everyone including You need an encounter with the Living God
The bit we overlook! Thomas saw the living resurrected Jesus and exclaimed, “My Lord and My God.” So far as I have read, I have never seen it recorded that any of the other disciples ever said those words. Oh yes, Thomas had his doubts but when the evidence was standing right there in front of him, he sank to his knees and worshipped the Lord.
These Scriptures depict another incident revealing the grace, mercy, forgiveness, longsuffering and patience of God. We saw last time that Thomas was missing when Jesus arrived to let the disciples know that He was alive and had triumphed over Hell and Death. Jesus was determined to reveal Himself to Thomas so that he could get back into unity with all the others. No, He didn’t say to Thomas – because of your doubts you can rot in Hell! Rather, He was moved by compassion and made sure that He answered all of Thomas’ uncertainties. He went so far as to pick up on Thomas’ own words and so point to His wounds in His hands and side. He even invited Thomas to put his finger into the evidence so he would be fully satisfied.
I don’t think Thomas ever did, do you? I think the evidence was so overwhelming that Thomas immediately dropped to his knees and cried out, “My Lord and My God.” What a wonderful response to seeing Jesus! Nothing held back, total unreserved worship. The cry of a humble, surrendered, repentant yet committed heart, soul and life. He saw LIFE, he saw POWER, he saw INVINCIBILITY, and he saw DIVINITY in their fullest form and so yielded up his fear, his doubts, his scepticism and his selfishness to ONE WHO IS GOD!
Thomas would never be the same again. He had experienced an awesome encounter with the Living God and had yielded himself and his agenda completely to the will and purposes of God for the rest of his life.
And there’s more… It caused Jesus to say, “Thomas, you believe because you have seen… Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Hello, isn’t that us – you and me? No, we haven’t seen and yet we do believe. Aren’t we blessed! Yes we are, and let’s be thankful and equally humble enough to exclaim or to worship like Thomas with those immortal words - MY Lord and MY God!
Thomas would say to us today...
I saw Him. I SAW HIM! I saw the nail prints. I saw the sword-thrust wound. They are real. But – YES - Jesus is alive. He is Risen from the dead. Believe me, He is everything He ever claimed to be. Yes, He IS GOD! Oh please believe me and acknowledge Him as your God and your Lord, too.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for dying for Me. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me in such a way that I now know You are none other than the Son of God, My Saviour and the Saviour of the world. Please accept my worship as I confess before You today that You are My Lord and My God. Amen.
1 Peter 3:15-22; 1 John 3:1-3; Philippians 2:5-11.
Have you ever had a dynamic encounter with Jesus Christ?
Have you ever said to Jesus – My Lord and My God?
How are you showing in your lifestyle that Jesus Christ is your Lord?