“And now I have told you before it takes place so that when it does take place, you may believe.”-John 14:29
Life in a fallen world encourages us to disbelieve the truth of God at every turn. The accuser whispers that God is not real, that Jesus was nothing, that he never rose from the dead, and that there is no possible way our sins will be forgiven. He says, “You are irredeemable.”
No doubt, the disciples would experience those concerns too. “Was Jesus really who he said he was? Why did we tie ourselves to him? We thought he was the one, but now he’s dead.” Thomas was not the only doubter.
But Jesus told them what was about to happen to help them to believe. They would be able to look back on the events of the weekend and realize that Jesus had told them exactly what was coming and that he was actually who he claimed to be.
We too can have confidence in the risen Christ. He is no mere myth. He is not just a moral hero whose story we tell around Christmas and Easter. He is the crucified and risen Savior.
Jesus, forgive my doubts. By your Holy Spirit, increase my confidence in you. Teach me to see the beauty of your signature in all of creation, which testifies to your glory. Amen.