"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
Remember what it is like to meet people that we instantly feel a connection to? We want to talk to them for hours, do things to impress them, or follow them around like a puppy because they are so fascinating. Except, socially, that is sort of looked down on, so you have to rein it in a little and just say hello, tell them you loved their talk or that you like their hair, and maybe figure out how to talk to them a little more so you can invite them to your next party or friend them on Facebook. :) It's kind of a thrill feeling that connection, and knowing that here is a potential friend. :)
I imagine that the way we feel when we meet people like that pales in comparison to how we would feel meeting Christ. So amazing... and the disciples GOT to talk to him, and follow him around all the time. I think of Thomas here, who had someone that he felt like that about, and had just recently gone through the anguish of him *dying.* And then he hears that everyone else got to see him, but he didn't, ... and he thinks, I don't know what you guys saw, but I could only believe that if he were right here, and I could test it for myself. And then he sees him, and it is clear, and he doesn't need to touch the scars. He knows. He feels the same way he did before, and he knows that this is Jesus, the Christ.
They got that privilege and we aren't there. We can't see him. We can't follow Christ around and listen to him all day. But he gives us these scriptures, and tells us about all these things so that we can have him in our lives too. Because that feeling is still there. When we pray, when we worship... whenever we connect with the spirit.... we want to talk to God more, we want to get to know him. We want to follow him around and friend him on Facebook. We can't always have what we want as far as Facebook goes, but we CAN have Christ in our lives, all the time, as much as we can handle. Scriptures help us learn about him, and prayer helps us build that relationship. If we get good at it, we can have his spirit with us even when we're at work, or walking down the street.
Today, let's work on having that kind of life where we can always feel Christ with us. Let's read, and believe, and do the work that it always takes to build a friendship... let's talk to God, and hang out with him today.