But one of the Twelve, Thomas (called “Twin”), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in His hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe!”
After eight days His disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace to you!”
Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and observe My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.”
Thomas responded to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe without seeing are blessed.”
Thomas must have been a lot like me. I like to remove myself from everyone when I need time to think. Thomas was probably off by himself contemplating what Mary Magdalene had just told them. She came into the house they were at and told all that she had seen Jesus. After she had told them the room of people probably exploded with noise and questions. Thomas probably listened to the questions for a time, then withdrew from his friends to be alone.
While he was off for a walk, Jesus had visited his friends and shown himself to them. Thomas of course did not know this until he walked back into the room. When he returns, everybody storms him and declares to him that they too had seen Jesus. Try as he may, he is unable to believe that this is true. Frustrated with the situation, his friends, himself, and Jesus; he blurts out “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in His hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe!”
We see here that Jesus is patient with those who do not believe. Thomas’ heart was not hardened. He just knew that he couldn’t believe without proof. And Jesus knew it too.
If you struggle with believing and resting in Jesus as Lord and Messiah, be patient; he waited 8 days to come back and authenticate himself to Thomas.
- Do you struggle with unbelief?
- Do you believe without seeing? Jesus said that those who do are blessed.
- If you do struggle with unbelief, have you thought to bring your unbelief to Jesus? Thomas brought an “if-then” proposition to Jesus; “if I see this and that, then I will believe.” You could do the same. Jesus loves to increase faith.