Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe (JOHN 20:25).
He’s sometimes called “Doubting Thomas”, but that label isn’t really fair. After all, how many of us would have believed that our dead leader had come back to life? We might just as well call him “Brave Thomas”. After all, Thomas showed great bravery as Jesus moved closer to the events leading up to His death.
When Jesus heard His friend Lazarus was dead, Jesus said, “Let us go back to Judea”, making His followers feel very uncertain. “Rabbi,” they replied, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”. It was Thomas who said, “Let us also go, that we may die with him”.
Thomas’ aims were not backed up by his actions. When Jesus was arrested, Thomas ran away with the others(MATT. 26:56), leaving Peter and John to secretly follow Jesus to the courtyard of the high priest. Only John followed Jesus all the way to the cross.
Despite having seen Lazarus walk out of his grave, Thomas still could not bring himself to believe that Jesus had beaten death. Not until Thomas the doubter – the human – saw Jesus for himself, could he say, “My Lord and my God!”(JOHN 20:28). Jesus’ reaction to this gave more confidence to Thomas and great comfort to us: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”.
OUR DOUBTS DECREASE AS WE SPEND MORE TIME WITH JESUS.