Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is …Â Witness.
Witness … “to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception” (dictionary.com).
In order for one to be a witness, one must be present.
The word brings to mind the day, after the resurrection, when all the disciples were gathered in a room with the door closed and suddenly Jesus appeared to them. Jesus spoke to them as He showed them His hands and His side. They were eyewitnesses to this encounter.
All but Thomas.
When the disciples told him what had happened, he doubted, saying, “Unless I see for myself, touch the scars in His hands and touch His sides, I will not believe.”
Days later, when they were again gathered in a closed room, Thomas included, Jesus appeared to them all. In His grace and mercy, He spoke directly to Thomas, and Thomas believed.
But it is the next words of Jesus which always moves amazes and humbles me:
“Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”Â (John 20:29, NASB)
Those words include each one of us who did not witness that day and believe –
We are blessed because we did not see and yet believe.