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Stop Doubting and Believe
Bible Passage John 20: 24-29
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book John.

Stop Doubting and Believe

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 29, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
24 Thomas, one of the Twelve (called the Twin), wasn’t with them when Jesus came.

25 So the other disciples kept telling him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he told them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger into them, and put my hand into his side, I’ll never believe!”

26 A week later, his disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were shut, Jesus came, stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.”

27 Then he told Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Take your hand, and put it into my side. Stop doubting, but believe.”

28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Jesus told him, “Is it because you’ve seen me that you have believed? How blessed are those who have never seen me and yet have believed!”

BACKGROUND
Thomas had been absent when Jesus appeared among the disciples in the locked room.

He refused to accept the word of the others that he was alive (John 20:24-25). His doubts vanished when Jesus appeared among the disciples (this time including Thomas) in the same locked room the next week.

But faith that depended on seeing Jesus’ actual body was not good enough, because soon He would return to His Father and people would no longer see Him.

Yesterday, a young girl asked me, Osofo, ”what is the need to go to church if we already believe in Jesus and do His will”. Apparently, her teacher in school ‘convinced’ them that it was needless as far as we believe in Jesus and resolve to do His will. I refuted the assertion of the teacher, basing my argument on Hebrews 10:25.

Here today, the absence of Thomas gives us another turn to support the argument of fellowshipping today. Thomas had lost much good and gained much evil, and yet was insensible of his state. Behold the consequences of forsaking the assemblies of God’s people! Jesus comes to the meeting-a disciple is found out of his place, who might have been there; and he is not only missing his blessing, but his heart becomes hardened and darkened through the deceitfulness of sin.

It was through God’s mere mercy that ever Thomas had another opportunity of being convinced of his error. Reader! take warning.

But on another count where was Thomas. Where did he go?

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 We need to join the company of believers to increase our faith and be blessed by God

🔷 Faith in Christ should not be borne out of any physical sight of Him but an inner fellowship and appreciation of His work and ministry.

 

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that you will not doubt anything about Christ
💥 Ask God to revisit you and help take away your unbelief

CONCLUSION📙
When we doubt Jesus, we lose our fellowship and blessings. Let the testimony of the scriptures inspire us to have a stronger bond and fellowship with Him. Don’t excuse yourself from the meeting of the saints.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections