Preparing for Worship: My Lord and My God!

Preparing for Worship: My Lord and My God!

John Haralson   •   March 31, 2016

“Redeeming love has been my theme,

And shall be ‘til I die."
William Cowper, There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood



Doubting Thomas has the wrong nickname.

Before encountering the resurrected Jesus, Thomas told the other disciples that he absolutely refused to believe unless he was able to touch the wounds on Jesus’ hands and side. He wanted to make sure that the “Jesus” people were interacting with after the first Easter Sunday was the same one that got crucified just over a week before. He wasn’t going to risk it all again until he saw Jesus with his own eyes.

In other words, we really should refer to him as Unbelieving Thomas.

Perhaps surprisingly, Thomas got what he asked for. A few days later, Jesus graciously appears to Thomas and says:

Put your finger here, and see my hands;
and put out your hand, and place it in my side.
Do not disbelieve, but believe.


Jesus gives Thomas all the evidence he required. He wants Thomas’ faith to be well-established. He also gently, but firmly, invites Thomas to move from unbelief to belief.

Then, in what has been called the Christological high point in John’s gospel, Thomas cries out:

My Lord and my God!


Thomas was able to embrace Jesus for who he is: our majestic and powerful Creator who is also the One who has given his own life in love for his people. Jesus’ redeeming love for Thomas, as evidenced by the scars on his hands and side, became his life’s theme.

Later, Thomas traveled to India to bring the good news of God’s redeeming love there. Below is a depiction of Thomas who became known as the patron saint of India. God’s love changed Thomas’ life and set him on an entirely different path.



I hope to worship with you Sunday.

This week: My Lord and My God, John 20:24-31

Liturgy is here.


Warmly in Christ,

John

P.S. Thank you all for your generosity towards the Deacon’s Fund during our GoodFriday offering. We collected over $2,600 that will go to help people in the congregation and community facing financial hardships. If you weren’t able to give on Good Friday and would like to give to the Deacon’s Fund, either send a check to our office or drop it in the offering basket. Please write “Deacon’s Fund” on the memo line.