06 Apr John 20:24-30

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus *came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He *said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;

I think that if you look closely at the disciples the days leading up to the crucifixion, you would notice their discouragement. Hostility against Him was growing and they didn’t understand all of the death talk. Surely not, they thought. When He was crucified, they lost all hope and fled. Discouragement is based on a lack of faith. All is not lost, because Jesus is faithful. He said He would arise and He did. If your Lord is the resurrection and the life, how can you be discouraged? Discouragement was removed by resurrection power. So is fear. Maybe it is time for the people of God to lead out with boldness. Expect a miracle. There is a lot of hope in that.