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And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, doors being shut, and stood in midst, and said, Peace be unto you. (John 20:26 Appearances of Christ, After HIS Resurrection, At Other Times, To The Eleven, Sacred Seasons, The Sabbatical Seasons, The Lord's Day, Observed From First By The Christian Church).
Thomas loved Jesus and was pleased with fulfillment of prophecy concerning resurrection of Jesus. Jesus warns Thomas against faithlessness, and exhorts him to believe and accept truth by faith rather than by sight.
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. (John 20:27 Appearances of Christ After HIS Resurrection, At Other Times, To Eleven).
Are there any doubters today? Are there any that are missing blessings of spiritual revelation, because they are expecting and desiring to see something visible, as a symbol of God's presence, before they accept HIM?
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God, (John 20:28 Christ's Divinty, HE IS Called God).
Jesus is not impatient with Thomas, nor is HIS wrath kindled against him: he is not pronouncing upon him any form of doom, but simply showing him that there is room for improvement.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20:29 FAITH, Is Of Different Degrees).
CHRIST'S MIRACLES & PURPOSES OF MIRACLES ON RECORD:
And many other signs truly did Jesus in presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: (John 20:30)
THE PROMISE, ADVANTAGES OF SCRIPTURE, SANCTIFYING, SAVING & PURPOSES OF MIRACLES ON RECORD:
The Promise: Everlasting Life and Heaven Promised.
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is Christ, Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:31)
Thomas was skeptical and Peter was impulsive. They both had to be tested and tried before permanently. Simon Peter and his brother Andrew were fishermen, like James and John, sons of Zebedee, and it was characteristic of Jesus to make approaches, by way of natural endeavors.
When Jesus was being tried Peter tried to keep his promise and follow him, but human part became weak and resulted in his denail, thrice upon accusation by enemies.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than thee? He saith unto thim, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. (John 21:15 Apostle Peter And Final Charge to Him).
He saith to him again second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (John 21:16 Apostle Peter And Final Charge to HIM).
When Peter declared, with an attitude of grief, that he did love Master and that his denial did not mean permanent separation, Jesus again told him to feed HIS sheep. The work of sharing, praying, praising, teaching, missions, preaching, witnessing good news is important, and no man putting his hand to plow should turn back (Luke 9:62).
He saith unto him third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee, Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (John 21:17 Christ Possess Attributes of God, IS Omniscient).
Scripture text/reference taken from:
Crusade @ Bible Publishers, Inc, KJV, 1970, Mt., Juliet, Tn, USA, 37122
The Southwestern Company, KJV, 1934 Edition, Copyrights 1895 by J R Jones, 1902 by J R Jones, 1926 by National Publishing , Nashville, Tn
The Precious Promise Bible, KJV, Copyright 1915/1908 By The John C. Winston Co., Entered 1915/1908 At Stationer's Hall, All Rights Reserved, Printed in USA
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