'Thomas said to the other disciples, 'Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails are, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.' John 20. 25
Do you ever suffer from FOMO? Perhaps you've never heard of it. It makes you feel a bit sad and anxious and can eat away at you. It's when you sense that other people know stuff you don't and are enjoying stuff without you. It's the 'Fear Of Missing Out'!
It sounds like a silly made-up sort of affliction, and on one level it is. But there is truth in it - we don't like to be left behind. It's not nice when you don't get the joke, or when you feel that everyone else is in the know.
Imagine being Thomas when all his friends come running up to tell him, 'We have seen the Lord!' (Where did Thomas go? Had he just nipped out to get some bread from the market? Did he need to go to the loo?!) How come Jesus chose that moment to appear to the disciples and show them the wounds in his hands and side?
In the end Thomas hasn't missed out on anything - he just had to wait a bit longer to see it for himself.
What is your honest response when other people tell you they have seen Jesus?
Are you still waiting to see him for yourself?
You can join our Alpha Course at Water Eaton Church Centre starting this Thursday 2nd May at 7.30pm if you’d like to find out more.