The rest saw Jesus
Thomas did not
He had just wandered into the scene
It all left him at a great disadvantage
Like a fish against current midstream
The women saw first
In itself quite an outrage
Then the others as the day just began
Not so poor Thomas
Who gets such a bad rap
He wasn’t in on the plan.
But, Jesus did love him
Even did show him
Said, touch right here and you’ll see
And, that’s how it works
Love meets you where you are
Even when it’s hard to believe.
(Scripture References: Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4-8, John 20:19-31)
Do you ever have doubts?
Doubts about faith? Doubts about life? Doubts about yourself?
I’m not sure most people admit much to doubt.
We like to be in control. We certainly like to appear that way.
But, there are often times when life feels out of control. Maybe that’s even most times.
So, we doubt, right?
Here’s some good news. We come from a long line of doubters.
Think about it. We see many examples of this just in the Easter story alone.
The crowds shouting, “Hosanna!” doubted enough to go from seeing Jesus as their savior to seeing him crucified in less than a week. A week!
The disciples all doubted they could go on without the physical presence of Jesus.
They didn’t trust God’s plan.
They were scared when he told them he was going away even though he told them the Holy Spirit wouldn’t really have them be alone at all. The Holy Sprit would enable God’s presence to be with them everywhere.
Then, they were scared and locked away in a room after Jesus was crucified.
Peter, “I’ll never let them take you Jesus!” quickly doubted all the way to becoming,”Jesus who?” just as Jesus told him he would do.
Judas Iscariot, another bible bad guy, wasn’t really much worse than many others.
As noted in my post Judas is Me he just wanted to live. He doubted the savior label of Jesus but he did believe Jesus was a good moral teacher. He’s hardly alone there.
So, if you doubt too, no matter where you are on the “Doubt Scale,” you aren’t alone. Welcome to the club. I’m a long time member.
…And, so is Thomas.
He didn’t see Jesus like the others had.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Blessed are those who haven’t seen and still believe. (John 20:29)
That wasn’t the other disciples Jesus was talking about. I mean, they literally tell him, “We have seen the Lord.” Thomas just says, “I want to see for myself.” (John 20:25)
And, before anyone grabs the “I’ll cast the first stone” seat thinking they’ve always believed even in the difficult times, stop. I don’t think we can be human and never doubt.
Besides, that’s not the point.
The point is that Love loves you wherever you are even with your doubts.
Just as Jesus met those locked away disciples in the upper room, Jesus met Thomas, and he meets me, and you. Why?
Because, Love meets you where you are.
So, Jesus says, “Go ahead, Thomas. Touch me and see for yourself. Do not doubt, believe.” (John 20:27)
Love does the same for you.
Maybe, you haven’t seen the physical Jesus. I haven’t either.
But, the times I have seen love, especially in my darkest times, are countless.
Look around. Sure, you might see all kinds of reasons to doubt but look for the reasons to believe in love too.
Because, Love believes in you. So, do I.
Look to all the people fighting for love and justice. Look at smiles from strangers. Look into the eyes of a child. Love is there. Love just is.
No matter where you are, love is there with you. Even if it’s sometimes difficult to see.
Believe in yourself.
Believe in Love.
Love is the one unstoppable force.
Delayed, maybe. Never stopped. We’re still here and so is Love.
Here’s the other good news. Love is transformational.
You can grow in the ways of Love and you don’t do it alone. Just as we have love, we have each other. Another gift of Love. As you live into it, you are called to share it!
Yes, the forces of darkness will want to stop you (Acts 5:28) because love is that powerful but your life is a witness to the Power of Love. (Acts 5:32)
Try as they might, they can’t stop love.
Likewise, you can let go of doubt too.
Doubt is no more than the enemy telling you to give up on the Power of Love.
Don’t give up on yourself or Love.
Love will always be here and you are connected to it. From beginning to end. (Revelation 1:8)
So, try living it out.
Look for Love, and to Love, the next time doubt creeps in and then find ways to share it.
Ask yourself, what does Love say about me?
If you need a reminder, I’ll repeat, “Love says, you are loved right where you are even with your doubts.”
Go and repeat it too.
Wherever you are this day, I hope you’ll join me in reflection as we share this part of our journey together and remember, in the realm of justice and love,
“Love accepts you, no exceptions.”