Just like climate change deniers today, Thomas didn’t believe….


Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:28-29

Thomas didn’t believe the reports from the other disciples that Jesus had appeared to them in the flesh after his crucifixion. He had to see and touch Jesus to believe. Jesus doesn’t rebuke Thomas for this need, but blesses folks like us who haven’t seen and yet believe (or struggle to believe). We who haven’t physically seen or touched Jesus are invited to encounter Jesus through the memories of the first Jesus-communities, and to forge a bond with them by stepping into their shoes.

Rebekah Devine is Executive Assistant to Shane Claiborne at Red Letter Christians. She holds an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis, an M.Litt in Theology and the Arts, and a B.S. in Biblical Studies. Rebekah blogs at rebekahdevine.com, and is writing a memoir about growing up messianic Jewish(ish) called A Wandering God Was My Father. Find her on Facebook and Twitter (@rebekahmdevine).
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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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