THE TOUCH OF EASTER
Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
They nailed His hands. Long 5-inch nails drive through the palms pinning Him to the wooden cross. They did the same to His feet, and as the Roman soldiers hoisted Him up for all to see, the murmur in the crowd burst into wails. Others mocked and taunted Him to come down to prove that He was the Son of God. All the time those open palms dripped blood. Pain was etched deep into the furrows of His face with every breath He drew. Sweat mingled with blood. Death was hours away. It was the beginning of an agonizing end. Yet it was only the end of a wonderful beginning. On that day as He was lifted up, He said, He would draw the world to Him (John 12:32).
And so it proved to be. He died at 3.00pm on Good Friday. They hastily wrapped him in cloth and buried Him in a new grave. Then on Sunday, Easter morning, when his disciples came, the stone had been rolled away from the tomb. The cloth that had been used to wrap him now laid neatly folded up. Two men in shining white, angels, asked why they were seeking the living among the dead. “He is risen!” they said. By the end of that day, Mary Magdalene had seen Him (John 20:18), two disciples on the road to Emmaus had seen Him (Luke 24:31) and so had Peter (Luke 24:34).
Later that night, He appeared again proving to His motley crew He was alive. But one of the twelve, Thomas wasn’t there and refused to believe. He reappeared eight days later (John 20:26) and now invited Thomas to touch His hands so that he would no longer doubt. Thomas didn’t need to. He cried out: “My Lord and my God!” You see, Jesus had touched his heart before Thomas could touch His. And so it is with us today. Jesus is alive! He has risen. Open your heart, feel His touch first, then believe!
2017 YEAR OF OVERFLOWING LIFE
Ps Dr Philip Lyn