Seeing is Believing...Sometimes
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
There are several famous pictures of Jesus confronting Thomas and asking Thomas to put his hand in Jesus’ wounded side. Have you noticed in Scripture that it doesn't say whether Thomas ever actually did put his hand in Jesus’ side?
It seems that when Thomas saw Jesus and His wounded side, he fell to his knees and declared “My Lord and My God.” He wanted to know for certain of the resurrection and Jesus revealed himself to Thomas.
A few weeks later there was an interesting kind of parallel. Peter and John were preaching near the temple. Caiaphas and Annas, the same ones who had conspired to have Jesus killed only weeks previous, called Peter before the council. Though Caiaphas and Annas had seen with their own eyes the crippled man walk, they could not accept the authority of Jesus to bring healing.
Their system of belief did not allow for God to intervene into their world. Though they saw with their own eyes, they chose not to believe. Imagine the humiliation, denial, and delusion of Caiaphas and Annas in the face of reality. The One they ordered killed and had been killed, was now living.
There have always been people that will look at reality, at the facts, and choose the delusion because their belief system will not allow for God to intervene.