I’m sure at one point you have heard someone exclaim the following phrase or something close to it: “If Jesus were to come down and talk to me Himself, I would believe. If He would come again and perform miracles for the whole world to see, we wouldn’t have a choice but to believe. If God is real, why doesn’t He just clearly reveal Himself to us?” Perhaps you have said something similar and may even feel that way right now. Until I see Him with my own two eyes, hear Him with my own two ears, touch Him with my own two hands… I don’t know how I can believe in Him.
I want the person battling these thoughts and struggling through them to know you are not alone. Many have had these same doubts and have fought through to the other side of them. What we need to acknowledge first is Jesus already did come to Earth. He already performed miracles. He already did reveal Himself to mankind. The problem is, even though He walked on water, healed the masses, fed the multitudes, and even raised from the dead… it wasn’t enough. Even though they saw Him with their eyes, heard Him with their ears, and felt Him with their hands… it still wasn’t enough. Those very people who witnessed His glory were the ones who led Him to Golgotha to be crucified. So, you must ask yourself the difficult question: why should I assume I would have done anything different than they did?
Take Judas Iscariot, for example. He was hand-picked by the Messiah Himself to be one of the twelve apostles. He witnessed all the miracles, heard all the teachings, and saw all the evidence that Jesus truly was indeed the Son of God. Jesus even washed his feet, but even with all of that, it still was not enough. Judas’ eyewitness indisputable evidence did not keep him from betraying the Lord and abandoning Him in the end. What makes you and I think we would have done anything differently?
Take the Pharisees, for example. These were the religious elite of the day. They knew the Old Testament Scriptures better than we could ever imagine. They had every single prophecy about the coming Messiah and Christ memorized and were watching and waiting for His arrival. The Pharisees witnessed every one of those prophesies unfold before their very eyes, yet it still was not enough. They watched Him perform miracles that only the Son of God could do, but instead of believing God was working through Him, they claimed He was getting His power from Satan (Matthew 12:22-24). It was the Pharisees who ultimately turned Jesus over to the Romans to be crucified. What makes you and I think we would have done anything differently?
Take the Apostle Thomas, for example. He heard the Lord tell His apostles time and time again throughout His ministry that He was going to raise from the dead (Matthew 16:21-22, 17:22-23; Mark 8:31-33, 9:30-32, 10:32-34; Luke 9:21-22, 18:31-34). However, once it had actually happened and many had witnessed this incomparable miracle, it was he who said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” John 20:25. Sound familiar? What makes you and I think we would have done anything differently?
If these examples teach us anything, they teach us belief and faith is a choice. Jesus knew it would be exponentially more difficult for you and me to believe than for those who witnessed His glory because He said, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29.
So, what are you waiting for? If you are waiting for Jesus to come and do all the things He already did, I’m sorry to tell you that will not happen. Jesus already came and did everything you are wanting Him to do. He’s too busy preparing a place for those who make the CHOICE to believe in Him (John 14:1-4). All that’s left is for you to decide to believe or not to believe. Just know if you choose not to believe, it won’t be because He hasn’t done enough. It will be because you wouldn’t believe even if He knocked on your door and ate dinner with your family tonight.
-Ben Hogan, Minister of Evangelism
- Read John 20:24-29 aloud with your family. Discuss some things that stand out to you about this passage. Note Jesus’ willingness to dispel Thomas’ doubts and Thomas’ response.
- Read 1 John 1:1-3 aloud with your family. Why does John use empirical evidence to appeal to his audience in this passage? What comfort would that bring to Christians who did not have the chance to behold the Lord in person?
- Read Acts 22:16 aloud with your family. What does this teach us about salvation and waiting?
- Have an open family dialogue about spiritual doubts you currently have or have had in the past. What helped you get through those, and how can you help one another through them now?
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