Jesus Turns Doubts Inside Out

April 4, 2008
by Elaine Ingalls Hogg

John 20:27-28 – Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" (NIV)

Is it spring in your area yet? At the end of March, I made a visit to the north of New Brunswick here in Canada to speak at a Christian Women's Club. The washboard potholes on the road to Bathurst reminded me that spring was on its way. However, the fifteen-foot piles of snow in the parking lots and the heaps of snow in the driveways caused me to doubt its arrival.

The Bible tells us of a character who voiced serious doubts about Jesus Christ. Although Thomas had listened to the teachings of Jesus, he started to doubt whether Jesus was really the only Son of God when the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross. How could this dead man be the Messiah? How could he, Thomas, have been such a fool to believe that God cared for him? But it is interesting to see how his doubts were turned inside out.

After the crucifixion, Jesus appeared to Thomas and told him, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

Perhaps there have been times when we have had doubts, too. Perhaps unanswered questions have arisen in our minds, and we have found ourselves doubting that God really cares. When Thomas doubted, Jesus didn't belittle him. Instead He came to him and showed him His wounds.

I believe that Jesus understands when we have doubts, but I also believe that He loves us enough to show us patiently why He was wounded on Calvary. He took our punishment, and in so doing, paid the penalty for our wrongs. He died so we could have a personal relationship with His Father, God.

Prayer: God, please reveal Yourself to us and turn our doubts inside out today. Amen.

About the author:

Elaine Ingalls Hogg <authorhogg@yahoo.ca>
Smiths Creek, New Brunswick, Canada

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