Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

‘Doubting’ Thomas

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

‘Doubting’ Thomas always seems to get a bad press, but I for one am grateful to him.

Let me explain why.

Jesus had just told the disciples that He was going away, and says ‘You know the way to the place I am going.’ (John 14:1-4) Trouble was Thomas didn’t know and was prepared to say what perhaps the other disciples were only thinking. ‘…Lord we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ (V.5)

His honest question resulted in Jesus making one of the most profound statements in all of the New Testament. ‘…I am the way, the truth, and the life…’ (V.6).

Jesus didn’t say ‘I know the way’ but ‘I am the way’ – He is the one who spans the distance between God and the sinner. Man would try to manufacture his own ways but ‘There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death’. (Prov. 14:12) Jesus alone is the Way to heaven, the Way to eternal blessedness.

Jesus didn’t say ‘I know the truth’ but ‘I am the truth’ – He is the full and final revelation of God. Man would try to devise his own belief system and philosophy but ‘There is none that understands…’ (Rom. 3:11) Truth is not in a body of beliefs but in a Person – Jesus.

Jesus didn’t say ‘I know life’ but ‘I am life’ – He is the emancipator from death. Man wants to run his own life but ‘…death is the destiny of every man…’ (Eccl. 7:2) The one who believes in Jesus has crossed from death to life. (John 5:24)

Jesus is truly ‘the way, the truth and the life’ and ‘No one comes to the Father except through [Him]’ (John 14:6).

If ‘doubting’ Thomas hadn’t been brave enough to ask this question of Jesus we may not have had such a clear statement showing us that Jesus is the only way to God. That’s why I’m very grateful to this disciple whom many dismiss as a doubter. Maybe God can use our doubts to reveal a poignant vital spiritual truth about Himself – What do you think?

Have a good week,

Pastor Barry

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