John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
Jesus’ first meeting with His disciples after the resurrection and He gives them the message; “so send I you.” I find it interesting that according to John He enters the room and after calming them down and making sure that they know who He is He then says to them–GO to the world with the gospel. Just as His Father sent Him He is sending us.
Can you imagine what you would talk about if you had died, been buried, and risen from the dead? Don’t you think that these words are maybe the most important words that will come from His lips? This is the climax of the story.
This is the most important point. He has proven who He is! He has defeated death! He has risen from the dead! Now listen to what He has to say! How much weight will you put on these words? Are they just page filling poetic words or are they the reason we are alive? You decide! Then do something with what you decide.
You are already doing what you believe is important. If you aren’t actively involved in trying to get the gospel to the world then you don’t really believe that these are a climatic proclamation to His church. Just what do you believe?
John 20:25 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.
What must you see to believe? Thomas doesn’t want to get excited. He doesn’t want to get involved in all these new plans that Jesus has given them until he sees and touches. It seems to me that the church must be waiting for something to see and touch. We do not seem to want to get involved. We seem to give lip service to believing but it hardly seems that we have taken it as seriously as it was given this day.