Finishing up the Gospel of John with my son tonight. I felt led to relook at these passages with him. I hope it is a blessing to someone here.
“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.”1
Think on this for a moment with me. “Even the testimony of ten faithful brethren, had no effect on Thomas!”2 How does Jesus deal with this huge lack of faith from Thomas?
Thomas comes to true belief in our resurrected Christ!
“A week later [Jesus] 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.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”3
Jesus dealt with the unbelief by showing Thomas mercy, and then commanded him to believe! Spiritual doubts must be cast away from us like spoiled food. To keep and eat of it will only make us sick. Just like spiritual doubts will cause us to become spiritually sick, or weak! As Christ told Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe.” Believe, believe, believe in Christ resurrection from the dead! Christ then gives a promise to those who do! “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Purpose of John’s Gospel
“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”4
It has been said that the Apostle Thomas “did not cease proclaiming [Jesus] and saying [to those in Parthia and India] that this is Jesus the Christ! Concerning whom the Scriptures proclaimed. That He should come, and be crucified, and be raised from the dead after three days. And he showed them… beginning from the prophets, and explaining the things concerning Christ… That it was necessary for [Christ] to come, and for all things to be fulfilled that had been said to us beforehand concerning Him.”5 And with the rest of the Apostles we know he would finish by saying, “repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”6
Conclusion Concerning the Apostle Thomas
Though Thomas started out doubting. He then believed fully in Christ Resurrection! Later after Pentecost we find through Foxes Book of Martyrs that he preached in Parthia and India7 sealing his belief in Christ with his own martyrdom! Thus doubting faith, was turned into genuine faith through Christ Jesus, and the empowering of the Holy Spirit!
2.Expository Thoughts on the Gospels by J.C. Ryle
6.Acts of the Apostles: Thomas
7.The Fox’s Book of Martyrs