Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
Here the Teacher pronounced a special blessing on those who believe in Him and yet never saw Him.
When Jesus appeared – The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
But Thomas was not with them when Jesus first appeared. As the other students excitedly told Him about seeing the Lord, he expressed strong reluctance to believe.
Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.
One week later Jesus again appeared to them. Thomas was present this time and Jesus invited him to touch the nail marks in His hands and the place where the spear punctured His side.
Only when Thomas actually saw Jesus did He express faith – My Lord and My God!
It was at this point Jesus blessed those who have not seen and yet believe.
Doesn’t this describe every student of Jesus today?
None today have actually seen the Teacher. Our faith is based on the eyewitness testimony of those who did. The fact they were willing to die for the truth of it adds great weight to their witness. And our own personal experience in following Jesus confirms our faith.
Yet it is still only faith, not sight. And apparently that kind of belief is especially impressive to our Teacher.
Even Blessed Faith!