MY Lord And MY God
John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
John 20:28: And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Can you call Him that? And do we recognize what an unspeakable and undeserved privilege that is? Does calling Him your Lord and God bring joy to your heart? Is it wonderfully personal for us? Does calling Him Lord and God cause us to be humble before Him?
Adam Clarke*s Commentary:
Jesus comes in, sees Thomas, and addresses him; desiring him to come to him, and put his finger into the print of the nails, etc. Thomas, perfectly satisfied of the reality of our Lord*s resurrection, says unto him, *MY LORD! and MY GOD! (I love that exclamation point and the joy Thomas must have felt.) Thou art indeed the very same person, my Lord whose disciple I have so long been; and thou art my God, henceforth the object of my religious adoration.* Thomas was the first who gave the title of God to Jesus; and, by this glorious confession, made some amends for his former obstinate incredulity. It is worthy of remark, that from this time forward the whole of the disciples treated our Lord with the most supreme respect, never using that familiarity towards him which they had often used before. The resurrection from the dead gave them the fullest proof of the divinity of Christ. And this, indeed, is the use which St. John makes of this manifestation of Christ. (John 20:30: And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 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.) Bishop Pearce says here: *Observe that Thomas calls Jesus his God, and that Jesus does not reprove him for it, though probably it was the first time he was called so.* And, I would ask, could Jesus be jealous of the honour of the true God, could he be a prophet, could he be even an honest man, to permit his disciple to indulge in a mistake so monstrous and destructive, if it had been one?
I believe that Thomas had never before been as humble before Jesus as he was in that moment. And I believe that he was humble before Jesus for the rest of his life. Do we have that kind of continual humility?
1 Peter 5:5: Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Mark 14:36: And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Romans 8:15: For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Galatians 4:6: And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Jesus called His Father Abba, Father and He gives to us who have received Him that immeasurable reality and privilege. Have you received Him? Is it YOUR reality and YOUR privilege? It should be the most awesome reality and privilege in your life!!
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: