And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it in My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing."
And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed."
And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
What a perfect time of year to believe. A perfect time of year to pay close attention to the words of our Christ's birth. To hear or read the words of life and truth.
There are many who know who Jesus is, who celebrate Christmas, who attend church on Christmas Eve, but who still do not know Him as their Lord and their God. He wants more than just ones knowing who He is. He wants a close relationship with as many as who will look beyond this knowledge, those who will seek Him with all their hearts.
When one comes to Christ, seeks Him in His Word, learns of Him and listens to His words of life, a whole new life awaits him. Not a life free from trouble but blessed in a different way. Way back in the Book of Isaiah the prophet He was named: For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6). You've heard those names before.
We can know this Man. We can know there is life in His name. We do not have to touch His hands or reach into His side. We can believe. We can know that He is Wonderful in all He is, has done and will do. We can know He will be our Counselor...He will give us His Holy Spirit of truth, wisdom and power when we submit to Him. He is the Mighty God; there is no other God besides Him and when we are His, He will be mighty for us in so many ways. Everlasting Father...He will never leave us or forsake us; we will reign with Him in His Kingdom. As Prince of Peace even in dire circumstances we can have the peace that passes all understanding. ...If we just believe.
1Peter 1:6-9 - In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.