A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Jesus Appears To Thomas”, John 20:24) But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25) The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe. 26) And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Micah 5:5. 27) Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 1John 1:1. 28) And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. Psalms 73:25, 26; 1Timothy 1:17. 29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 2Corinthians 5:7. 30) And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. 31) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His Name. 1 Peter 1:9.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v24-25 The disciples of Christ should endeavor to build up one another in their most Holy faith, both by repeating what they have heard to those that were absent, and by making known what they have experienced. Thomas limited the Holy One of Israel. When he asked to be convinced by his own method or not at all. He might justly have been left in his unbelief, after rejecting such abundant proofs. The fears and sorrows of the disciples are often lengthened, to punish their negligence.
v26-28 That one day in seven should be religiously observed, was an appointment from the beginning. And that, in the kingdom of the Messiah, the first day of the week should be that solemn day, was pointed out, in that Christ on that day once and again met His disciples in a religious assembly. The religious observance of that day has come down to us through every age of the church. There is not an unbelieving word in our tongues, nor thought in our minds, but it is known to the Lord Jesus, and He was pleased to accommodate Himself even to Thomas, rather than leave him in his unbelief. We ought thus to bear with the weak. Romans 15: 1,2. This warning is given to us all. If we are faithless, we are Christ less and graceless (His Blessings), hopeless and joyless. Thomas was ashamed of his unbelief and cried out, My Lord and my God. He spoke with affection, as one that took hold of Christ with all his might: “My Lord and my God.” It is the duty of those who read and hear the gospel, to believe, to embrace the doctrine of Christ and that record concerning Him. 1John 5:11.
Nelson’s Compact Commentary – v29 Those who have not seen….includes all who believe in Christ since His Ascension to the Father. 1Peter 1:8,9.
v30-31 There were other signs and proofs of our Lord’s Resurrection, but these were committed to writing, that all might believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the Saviour of sinners, and the Son of God; that, by this faith, they might obtain eternal life, by His mercy (kindness), truth and power. May we believe that Jesus is the Christ , the chosen One of the Father in Heaven, and believing may we have life through His Name. Amen.