A week later the followers were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came in and stood right in the middle of them. He said, “Peace be with you.”Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop being an unbeliever and believe.” John 20:26-27
I recently heard an interview with T. D. Jakes, I love his insights because they plant seeds in me and makes me think. This particular time he was talking about being authentic and then he said, “because Jesus showed His disciples His wounds, they believed”. Today’s verse reminds us that Thomas didn’t only want to see Jesus’ wounds, but to touch them. Of course once he saw them, he said “My Lord and my God!” And he didn’t need to touch them, because he believed.
When we allow people to see our wounds, it reveals something that most people are looking for, and that is peace. When we have experienced being with Jesus and seeing His wounds, we know how much He loves us. Not only was He willing to die an excruciating for us, but He was also willing to reveal the peace that those wounds purchased for us. We do the same thing for anyone who we are open and honest with to share our wounds and show them how Jesus healed them with His sacrifice and gave us peace in their place. Anyone can be peaceful in a peaceful environment, but when we can show the Peace of Jesus in the midst of the hurt, crisis or difficult time, that’s what people are looking for; because we live in an unrelenting world. Just like Thomas, they had to see something the world can’t manufacture or duplicate in order to believe and Jesus is who they need to see. Don’t be afraid to show your wounds, they may be the very thing that will lead them into a relationship with the Healer of all wounds, Jesus Christ!