What Jesus Did! 'We're Blessed!' — John 20:29

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Then Jesus told [Thomas], "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me."
— John 20:29 NLT

Key Thought

One of the things I love about the Gospel of John is that we get to see Jesus specifically thinking about us, those who come after the generation of the apostles. We believe, but without having seen. We have to trust the testimony of those who did see. We have to take their changed lives based on their conviction of Jesus' resurrection as our starting point. Today, we can take great comfort that Jesus looked beyond the horizon of the apostles' ministry. He saw those of us who would later believe without having seen him alive either before or after his crucifixion, and he gives us God's blessing!

Today's Prayer

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for thinking of our generation and our challenge to believe in your resurrection and for offering us your blessing. We thank you for the ways you minister to us at the Father's right hand as our exalted Lord. May we, your church, demonstrate your character and your compassion as we live as your presence in the world. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 17:20-21
  • 1 Peter 1:3-5, 8-9
  • Matthew 18:15-20

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Illustration of John 20:29 NLT — Then Jesus told [Thomas], "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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