Sunday, May 1, 2011

My Lord and My God

I am a bit of a scripture nerd.  So all this week, I have been excited for today, because today, a week after Easter, commemorates the day when the apostle Thomas gained his own witness of Christ's resurrection.

It must have been an excruciating week for Thomas. Something (we don't know what) had kept him away from the upper room where the other disciples had assembled on Resurrection Sunday. When he returned, "The other disciples...said unto him, We have seen the Lord" (John 20:25).  But Thomas could not wrap his mind around the idea, and he refused to believe.  And why should he?  Nothing like this had ever happened before.

I've wondered about what life must have been like for Thomas that week--unable to understand, unwilling to believe what he could not see.  Despite the disciples' insistence, "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.  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them" (v. 25-26).  Jesus appeared to the assembled disciples, and gave Thomas a second chance, an opportunity to witness the miracle for himself.  "Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing" (v. 27).  Thomas, moved and humbled, cried out, "My Lord and my God" (v. 28).

"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed" (v. 29).  I am one of those who have not seen.  And yet I believe.  In the spirit of Christ's admonition, on this Sunday I would like to share some of the things that I believe.

I believe in God.  I believe that I have Heavenly Parents who love me, who created all things in heaven and in earth, who have all wisdom and all power, both in heaven and in earth.  I believe that man cannot comprehend all the things that God can comprehend (see Mosiah 4:9).  I believe in my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  I believe that He was born of a virgin, laid in a manger, and raised by a carpenter.  I believe that He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  I believe that on the third day he rose again according to scripture.  I believe that He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and that one day He will come again to judge the living and the dead (see the Apostle's Creed).

I believe the He is my Savior, that His Atonement covers my sins and heals me and makes me whole.  I believe that His grace is sufficient for me and for each one of you, and that as we come unto Christ, we can be perfected in Him.  Because His grace is sufficient--it is enough (see Moroni 10:32).  I believe that Christ is a God of second chances--that He will never abandon us, that those who seek Him diligently will find Him, and in Him will find rest, and have life more abundantly.

Unlike Thomas, I have not seen.  And yet I believe.

Click here for more on the story of Thomas.