John 20th, Psalm 20


Why is the Gospel of John written? It is written, “that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31) One could say the rest of the New Testament, and even the Bible has the same purpose. The goal of all scriptures is to help us believe in Jesus that we might live blissfully forever with the Lord of Heaven. There is a special blessing for us, 2000 years removed from the events of Jesus' earthly life (for Jesus still lives), as indicated at the end of Jesus' interaction with Thomas. Famous for being a doubter, Thomas, refused to believe that Jesus had risen, even though Thomas' eleven intimate friends vouched they had seen Jesus with their own eyes. In fact Thomas said he wouldn't believe unless he could see and touch Jesus' scars. When Jesus appeared and indulged Thomas' doubt-filled requests, he also gives us hope for a better blessing than Thomas. For Jesus states, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29) In these few verse our Lord provides great news for all that believe today, and even doubters. First, if you believe Jesus without seeing HIm with your own physical eyes, then our Lord calls you blessed. But Jesus' condescension and patience with Thomas, not to mention the commission of this same apostle who would bring the Gospel to India (according to early church tradition) shows the incredible patience our King has with our questions. Our Lord welcomes doubters, and is willing to chase after them. Why Jesus offers such unfair love to us is beyond belief. But by all means, we should believe it, that we might be blessed!