He is often called, “Doubting Thomas.” He was one of the 12 apostles chosen by Jesus. The pejorative title was given to him because of his reaction when he heard the news that Jesus had risen …
He is often called, “Doubting Thomas.” He was one of the 12 apostles chosen by Jesus. The pejorative title was given to him because of his reaction when he heard the news that Jesus had risen from the dead.
He did not actually doubt any more than the rest of the apostles. None of them believed the first report of the resurrection that was delivered to them.
Thomas missed the first meeting of the apostles after the resurrection. It was at that meeting when Jesus appeared to prove to them that He was alive. Now they believed He had left the tomb of the dead and that He was alive. When they told Thomas that they had seen the Lord, he said, “I won’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.” Just like the other apostles, Thomas wanted personal proof before he would believe that Jesus of Nazareth had risen from the grave of death.
At the next meeting of the apostles, Thomas was present. Jesus appeared again. He spoke directly to Thomas saying, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Stop doubting and believe!”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
These men doubted so that we would not have to doubt. Jesus proved His resurrection with “many infallible proofs,” as the Bible states. We are blessed, today, to have the evidence that was presented to weak, doubting, questioning men that enables us to believe.
We are honored by Him to be able to walk “by faith not by sight” since we have been given new life in Christ. We were dead, too. In sins and trespasses. But now, in Christ Jesus, we have been brought out of the death of sin into the life of His resurrection. Doubt no longer, Thomas; by faith, see and believe!
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