Most of us long for miracles. And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs: complete forgiveness and a new heart to trust and follow Him as our living King. But even in the Bible, most of the journey with Jesus is lived in the moments between miracles. In this 50-day series, we’ll consider some of those moments leading up to the next great miracle in the New Testament: the fulfillment of Pentecost and the incredible growth of the Church.
The Lord had taught His disciples that the Good Shepherd leaves the 99 sheep who are safe in the fold to look for the one that is lost. (Luke 15:4) Now, in John 20:24-29, we the Lord coming for Thomas, His one sheep with floundering faith. That’s me, too, sometimes.
It’s so easy to think of our risen Lord being helpful to His faithful followers. But He’s gracious to those with little faith, too. Notice that He didn’t scold Thomas. He even invited Him to touch His the wounds He still had from the cross. All of this is amazing to me.
The Lord had risen from the dead. We might expect Him to have a perfected body. But He kept His wounds – probably for Thomas’ sake.
In Revelation 5:6-12, we also read of Jesus standing in heaven as a “Lamb who had been slain”. The King of kings still bears His marks of love, showing His submission to the Father and willingness to die for the undeserving. Are you undeserving today?
Of course, you are. So am I.
Remember, the Lord has not come to call those who think they’re righteous but those who know they are not. (Matthew 9:13)
I hope today’s thought and others in this series will be helpful to you as you journey with Jesus in the moments between miracles.