Thomas Called Didymus Pt. 1: Show up, Jesus!


Marion Henry is a modern day Apostle Peter.  She has a rough and ready word from God.  Passionate and straight forward, Marion is a Holy Ghost shotgun, loaded, cocked and ready for battle, with a heart so on fire for God, she receives some of the most divine revelations of who God is in the earth today.

One of the assistant Pastors at Lighthouse, Marion served for more than a decade as the All Nations Choir Pastor. A while ago, I heard her preach on “Doubting Thomas.” I will never call him that again. I truly believe this is a word worth sharing.

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 In the John 20:19-31, Jesus carefully instructed the disciples how to believe even after his death, yet they could not take it in. After he died and the first reports came back that Jesus was alive, the disciples could not believe it.

Twelve men, hand-picked by God,  left their families and all they had to follow Jesus without fully understanding who he was and what he was going to do.

When Jesus was dragged off to the cross none of those who had walked with him save John and his mother were anywhere to be found.  Not the woman with the issue of blood; blind Bartimaeus; none of the five thousand fed with fish and bread were there.

It didn’t take the disciples long to realize it was not popular for them to be associated with Jesus.  So they began to break. Peter went to cussing and Judas went out to potter’s field and tied hung himself and Thomas became so disenchanted with what was going on around him he disappeared. What was left of Jesus’ disciples was shut up behind closed doors like a bunch of scared little girls trembling in their boots scared they were going to be killed too. They began to examine everything wondering if they had made a mistake in following Jesus. Everything was coming apart for the disciples.

Some of the women had gone down to the tomb and said they had seen an angel that said he had risen from the dead but others had said he had not risen from the dead but somebody had stolen his body. When John and Peter heard the report from the women they ran down to the tomb to see and when they got there they were shocked to find that he was not there.  So they go back to the room and shut themselves up and try to figure out what to do.

Here they are: what was left of the twelve disciples shut up behind close doors trying to figure out what to do.

“Should I go back and try to get my old job back?”

“Should I go back to my city? And if I do that what am I going to say I’ve been doing for the last three and a half years? I’ve been running all over the country with this man called Jesus who has been taken away like a common criminal and murdered. And now here we are jobless with our hearts distraught and our minds confused?”

Can you image the tension in that room? Nobody was praying, nobody was singing songs, nobody was dancing, nobody was shouting all they could do was try to figure out what do when God doesn’t do you what expect him to do.

It was into this atmosphere that Jesus comes into the room.  I’ve got to stop here and thank Him for a moment.  I know we’ve been taught that it’s our faith that brings Him and our praise that brings Him. But I would like to tell you that there are times when your faith has gone dry and your praise has gotten choked up in your throat and in the midst of your doubt and unbelief Jesus will still come to you.  Jesus will still show up.

Is there anybody that knows what I’m talking about?  Have you ever had Him show up and you couldn’t even explain why a God like him would come after somebody like you?  And everybody talks about your faith and your commitment but you know something about yourself that others don’t know that it is not always your faith or your praise that gets you through but it is by His mercy that we are not consumed. And because of His mercifulness Jesus shows up.

Yes, Jesus…this is when I need you to show up: when life has kicked me down to the ground; when all hell is breaking loose and trouble is all around me; when I’m down to my last dime and my rent is due; when the doctor comes back with a bad report; when my son is on crack and my daughter is pregnant; when my body is tempted and my mind is distress; when I can’t muster up enough strength to raise my hand and give you praise. Show up Jesus! My God…Jesus will show up in the midst of trouble, in the midst of a storm Jesus will show up.

And it is in this atmosphere that Jesus comes in the room to minister to them. At this point after Jesus’ resurrection He stopped showing Himself to unbelievers. And here He comes in the room. It is here that John writes in verse 24  that Thomas, one of the twelve called Didymus was not with them when Jesus came.

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