What proof do you want to believe in God? Do you want a scientific proof or a proof by logic? Do you want a big miracle? Like solving climate change, so we can continue our wasteful and polluting life styles? God did a big climate-change thing long ago (Genesis 7), but people still didn’t believe, so why should it be different now? Perhaps God should drop food from heaven to eliminate hunger? God did that also long ago (Exodus 16), and people still didn’t believe! How about God should bring back from the dead someone you loved who died too young? God did that also (Luke 7:11-15), and people still didn’t believe. Or perhaps you just want some display of power. Like dividing the Red Sea (Exodus 14). But we know how quickly people forgot about that show of power!
God gave up trying to impress people and chose another way. God answered Thomas’ doubts with the wounds of Christ. Here, touch and see – not some spectacular show of power, but the wounds of humanity. And those wounds have now become God’s wounds! That’s the proof that God offers. And it should be all the proof we need. No miracles or displays of power that can be ignored or explained away by inconsequential explanations. The proof that God offers is the miracle of a love that bears the marks of all human pain and suffering. That’s the God I believe in. It’s the only God worth believing in!