A chorus I love to sing says, “Open my eyes Lord, I want to see Jesus, to reach out and touch Him and say that I love Him, Open my ears Lord and help me to listen, open my eyes Lord, I want to see Jesus.” After Jesus was crucified and buried we all know that He rose again on the third day, no question in my mind, it is true. When the ladies came to the grave and found it empty they were delirious with happiness and ran to tell the disciples. That evening the disciples were all in a room with the door shut against the prying eyes of the Jews who had crucified their Lord. As they stood there, Jesus Himself appeared in their midst! Oh Joy! Their Lord was alive and here with them. He showed them His hands and his side. He said, “Peace be unto you, as the Father has sent me, so send I you! Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” At this point He was gone from their midst, there was one disciple missing, it was Thomas, the one we refer to as “doubting Thomas”. When he came in, the others told him how Jesus had been there with them and what He had said, but Thomas lived up to his name and said, “Unless I see his hands, the print of the nails and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe!”
It was eight days before the Lord came back into the room with his friends, this time Thomas was there also. As before, the Lord came into the room, the doors being shut and just appeared in the room, He said “Peace be unto you”. Then He turned to Thomas and held out His hand, “Here Thomas put your finger in the nail print in my hand, thrust your hand into my side, and be not faithless, but believing.” Then He spoke these words to him, words I wouldn’t want Him to ever have reason to say to me: “Thomas because you have seen me, you believe. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” (John chap 20)
Why is it that you will accept that you can read something on a screen that I have typed, and you have received through the airwaves, or however it happens…don’t ask me…I don’t know. Or how can you take a phone call on a little instrument and talk, or even see face to face, a person who lives in California? How did it happen? Yet we want to question anything that seems a bit mysterious to us if it is about the Lord. So on the one hand we accept mysterious and on the spiritual side we want to be a “doubting Thomas”. I am not trying to tell you anything today except this: You might be missing out on a world of wonderful by not accepting the mysterious and exciting works of the Lord! If it is hard for you to believe, think of the examples, and I am sure you can come up with many more, and decide that you will begin to seek an experience with God that you have never had before. If you haven’t received the Holy Spirit in your life and pray for Him to come into your heart!
I am looking at my now bare Christmas tree as the bulbs on it change colors “magically”, seven colors from the same bulb and the same electricity supplying it! I can’t explain it but I am surely enjoying the effects! Come on, pray this prayer with me, “Open my eyes Lord, I want to see Jesus!” So many times we receive a financial miracle, or a healing, and the devil comes in with something to try to make us doubt!
James 4:7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.
Be blessed as you prepare for the New Year, keep praying, Happy New Year to you!