21st – 23rd April
“They told Him, “We have seen the Lord! But he replied, “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.””
When you think of Thomas, Jesus’ disciple, what do you immediately think of? Perhaps it is his nickname ‘Doubting Thomas’. Yet the more we read the story of Thomas, the more we realise that actually he maybe was not so much a ‘doubter’ but rather a ‘realist’. Isn’t it normal to want evidence that someone had risen from the dead, particularly after witnessing Jesus’ brutal crucifixion. Ok, yes, Jesus did say that He would rise again on the 3rd day but maybe what Thomas was feeling or going through, was felt by each of the disciples too.
A few verses earlier, we read that all the disciples, bar Thomas, had met together, locked in a room because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Yet what is easily missed, is Jesus’ actions in the following verses. Not only does He greet the disciples with peace, quelling their fears, but He shows them the wounds in His hands and the piercing in His side. Isn’t that incredible. This was exactly the evidence that Thomas needed to see. Doesn’t this show us that the other disciples probably had the same doubts too, but perhaps didn’t vocalise them as brashly as Thomas.
Yet, Jesus, true to form, when He finally did reveal Himself to Thomas, showed him His un-reserved affection, love and grace, by showing Thomas exactly what He showed the other disciples; the nail wounds in His hands, and the wound in His side.
After seeing the resurrected Jesus, Thomas’ life was never the same. We read in Acts 1:13 that Thomas was in the Upper Room when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost. Furthermore, Church tradition has it that Thomas was the first missionary to spread the Gospel in South India.
Today we live in the age of grace, empowered by the Holy Spirit to believe in Christ’s resurrection through faith. If you have doubts about who Jesus is, then ask God to show and reveal Himself to you, trusting that He will be faithful to you, just as He was to Thomas, and to the other disciples. Let us trust God for a miraculous revelation of who He is for you personally and for all mankind! Once you meet the resurrected King, your life will never be the same again!