Thomas was nicknamed “Doubting Thomas” because he doubted Christ had been resurrected. John 20:24-26 describes Thomas’s wrestling with doubts:
“Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord! But he said to them, “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.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”’
Because Thomas had not been with the Lord, he had not seen his resurrected body. He had difficulty believing based merely on hearsay. Yet, Jesus doesn’t get angry. He stands in His authority as having been raised from the dead and allows Thomas to see the evidence with his own two eyes. Once Thomas does so, he proclaims: “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus gave Thomas the same tangible experience everyone else had so he could make the same choice to believe as the other disciples did. If you struggle with doubt, take heart – God is at work turning doubters into followers.
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