The idiom, seeing is believing was first recorded in this form in 1639, meaning only physical or concrete evidence is convincing.Â Seeing is believing is what people say when they will only believe something is true if they see it themselves.
Actually, seeing is believing could have originated from the Gospel of Johnâ€™s recording of Jesusâ€™ appearing to Thomas.Â Thomas was not with the disciples when Jesus entered unexpectedly and stood among them when they were hiding in fear behind locked doors (John 20:19-20). When Thomas returned, the disciples told him, â€œWe have seen the Lord!â€ Thomasâ€™ response was like many of ours when we must see with our natural eyes in order to be convinced of the truth .Â They knew it was Jesus; they were convinced because they saw the physical evidenceâ€”Jesus showed them His wounds. Nevertheless, Thomas said, â€œI wonâ€™t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.â€
In other words, Thomasâ€™ response was like the philosophy of many todayâ€”seeing is believing â€”I need physical or concrete evidence before I believe Jesus is alive.Â
Point to Ponder:
- Jesus is not intimidated nor surprised by an individualâ€™s unbelief. Truth is He knew Thomas would not be with the disciples when He appeared.Â He seized the opportunity to speak to this generation and generations to come before His second return that all may no longer be unbelieving, but be blessed by believing without seeing His physical body.
Eight days later Jesus returned and Thomas was there with the others.Â Again, the doors were locked! Jesus came and stood among them and greeted them, â€œPeace be with you.â€ Then He spoke directly to Thomas, â€œPut your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Donâ€™t be faithless any longer. Believe!â€Â He presented Himself as the physical, concrete evidence for Thomasâ€™ inspection. After seeing and touching, Thomas exclaimed without reservation, My Lord and my God!â€Â Consequently, for Thomas, he had proof that convinced him Jesus had risen from the dead.Â However, for our benefit, Jesus said to Thomas, â€œYou believe because you have seen me.â€ Furthermore, He said, â€œBlessed are those who believe without seeing me.â€
Do you believe Jesus died on the Cross and resurrected on the third day although you have seen no physical evidence?Â I do!
Therefore, I am blessed. If you believe like me, you are also blessed because you believe although you have not seen Him physically. Neither have you put your finger in His pierced side or nail pierced hands and feet.Â
Indeed, seeing is believing is an idiom for many, but knowing by faithÂ means having a personal encounter, which settles all doubts about the reality of a risen Savior without seeing Him in bodily form. Personally, my concrete evidence is a transformed life!Â
Point to Ponder:
- Oneâ€™s personal disbelief does not change the Truth about Jesus the Christ being Savior and Lord.
I am not naÃ¯ve to think everyone will believe when you tell them Jesus is alive, and you have had a personal encounter. Â Truth is this tech- savvy culture and social media crazed generation is more apt to believe anything posted on their social media simply because they can see it. However, Â God is sovereign and will reveal Himself if He so wills just as He did to Thomas.Â God has a way of convincing those who still say, â€œUnless I see, I will never believe.â€
I pray that you too will be blessed to believe without seeing physical or concrete evidence of Jesusâ€™ pierced hands, feet and side. Moreover, may you know Him by your own supernatural encounter through faith.
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved (Romans 10:10).