Believing Thomas: Faith by the Fingertips
Why do we give Thomas a nickname at the beginning of his story instead of the end?
Who would like to be named and known by who they used to be?
Thomas was the brave disciple: the one who had left the locked room and was not present when the risen Jesus first appeared to his disciples, doubters all.
Once Jesus gets ahold of him - or lets Thomas get ahold of him - he becomes a believer. Believing Thomas worships the Lord in whose side he found faith by the fingertips.
Jesus remarks, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29)
I have not seen Jesus with my eyes, but I have found faith by the fingertips...
- Fingertips turn the pages of God's Word, through which the Holy Spirit generates and tempers trust
- Fingertips point to moments and seasons when Christ's presence was of particular comfort and guidance
- Fingertips trace the outline of my sons faces and remind me of God's greatest miracles of birth and rebirth
- Fingertips remember faith is not a possession to grasp but a gift to proclaim by a finger pointed beyond myself
- Fingertips contain the unique identifying marker of a human life and bespeak of the endless imagination of our Creator
- Fingertips demonstrate it is not the amount of faith, but the object of faith that determines everything
I'm a sinner saved by grace, trying to live by a nickname that describes the end of my story.