Prove It

John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Thomas, doubting Thomas, was one of the twelve, walked with Jesus, heard His words and saw the miracles, and yet would not believe the report of his fellow disciples about the risen Christ.

V 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.

Nothing is so frustrating as witnessing to the lost and have them say “Prove it.” The truth is, I cannot prove it, nor is it my responsibility to prove anything. My responsibility is to live the life I have been given, to love and let love do what love does. If I were to tell that to the lost they would decry, “That proves nothing.” To that I can only answer, “OK Thomas.”

Jesus will prove Himself. Every non-believer has their own version of that Thomas declaration. “Except I shall see for myself!” Now I do not know what it is that is required to move you into the realm of belief. Even if I knew, it isn’t within my power to make it happen, because then it would be a false witness. They must see Jesus for themselves.

All I can say is what to look for when He comes. What does grace look like? What does forgiveness look like? What does compassion look like? What does mercy look like? What does truth look like?

If you look for me, you will find me. I am flawed. I am not perfect. But if you knew me when, and see me now, you still would not know what caused the change unless I told you. That just puts us back to the point of trusting my witness.

So exactly what do you need to see with your own eyes to believe?

Blessed are they who have not seen, yet believe.


Six More Words

1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

For this purpose the Son was manifested.

At some point we all ask ourselves why does God love me? I’ve seen men reject the free will offering of salvation on this one point alone. God created us to beloved and to return that love. Love needs an object of affection. Love does not exist alone. Man searches his whole life to find love and to share love. Love is the only reason God created the universe to begin with.

Love has to be a choice, a free will offering. If it were not, then we would be nothing but puppets on a string to be toyed with. That isn’t love. Not as God loves. Satan messed that up from the very beginning with his whispering lies. It was not what God intended but Go could not interfere without destroying choice.

So the Son of God was manifested, made flesh, became man, to counter the lies with truth. But truth, in order to cancel out lies, to destroy the works of the devil, have to be believed.

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

These are just words. If you choose to believe they take on a whole new life, new meaning, because your positional condition is changed when you do. Believe and enter His Kingdom, be in Christ.

Now the enemy will whisper his last two words in a final ditch effort to keep you in bondage.

“Prove it.”