Day 98 | We Have Seen
January 1, 2015 - WEEK FOURTEEN
Caravaggio, The Incredulity of St. Thomas, [Public domain ], from Wikimedia Commons.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- Can you envision Christ personally calling you to do his work throughout the world?
- How has Christ fed you truth a bit at a time—like he did with the men on the road to Emmaus?
- Can you hear Christ say your name as he did Mary’s?
Have you not heard others speak as Thomas spoke? “Give us,” they say, “the empirical evidence. Prove before our very eyes, and our ears, and our hands, else we will not believe.” This is the language of the time in which we live. Thomas the Doubter has become the example of men in all ages who refuse to accept other than that which they can physically prove and explain—as if they could prove love, or faith, or even such physical phenomena as electricity….
To all within the sound of my voice who may have doubts, I repeat the words given Thomas as he felt the wounded hands of the Lord: “Be not faithless, but believing.” Believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the greatest figure of time and eternity. Believe that his matchless life reached back before the world was formed. Believe that he was the Creator of the earth on which we live….
All of beauty in the earth bears the fingerprint of the Master Creator, of those hands which, after they took the form of mortality and then immortality, Thomas insisted on touching before he would believe….
“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:26)…
Thomas was present when those words were given and also when Lazarus afterwards was called forth from the tomb. Yet he doubted the Lord’s power to bring himself forth after the terrible death upon the cross, asserting to his fellow apostles that except he feel the wounds in the hands he would not believe. Small wonder that Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be not faithless, but believing” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Be Not Faithless,” Ensign, May 1978, 58–59).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- Would Jesus’ life have accomplished anything if he had not risen from the dead?
- What does it mean to you that he was resurrected?