Thomas Doubts

John 18:24-25.

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.

Poor Thomas, forever saddled with the word doubting in front of his name. Maybe he was from Missouri, the “Show Me” state, but his honest need to see with his own eyes and touch the wounds in Jesus’ body have given us a picture of a man who didn’t believe much of anything without proof.

I don’t think he’s any different from the rest of us.

He wasn’t there when Jesus defied the locked door and appeared to His disciples. We don’t know why. I’ve read some very harsh opinions. He was isolating himself from his friends; he was brooding, bitter, angry that Jesus had allowed Himself to be crucified. He was bitterly disappointed that his dreams of freedom from Rome had not been turned to reality. He was full of unbelief, he was insolent and arrogant; and he missed the blessing of the God-breathed Spirit. When he saw his friends again, and they told him they had seen the risen Lord, he said, “I will not believe” until I can not only see, but also touch and feel the wounds in His body!”

I don’t know. I have a hard time believing that he was really that bad, because it is understandable to me that he was doubtful. Maybe he thought the others, locked away for so many days, had had some sort of group hallucination. He needed proof. He did not say, “I will never believe!” He said, “I will not believe until I can see and touch.”

Some have noted that he did not mention the wounds in Jesus’ feet. The common practice was to bind the feet of the victim with rope, so it shouldn’t be surprising that Thomas didn’t mention His feet. Luke 24:39 gives us Jesus’ own words referring to the wounds in His feet: “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.”

Tomorrow we’ll see how Doubting Thomas became Believing Thomas. And maybe we won’t be so hard on him.

5 thoughts on “Thomas Doubts

    1. My dad used an illustration once about different types of potatoes, using the word “taters”. There are commentaters, agitaters, sweet’taters, fried taters, baked and boiled taters, and tater tots, all contributing their different personalities. Oh, and we can’t forget mashed taters 🙂

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  1. Thanks Linda. I had never heard of Thomas being castigated in such a vicious manner. I think your source(s) for this possess a certain minority opinion. I also think the normal wear and tear to Thomas’ reputation is off the mark. I can understand his great disappointment at the Lord’s death, beyond his great grief. Before they traveled to Jerusalem for that fateful and final week, Thomas was ready to die with the Lord. He knew something serious was up. It is very possible that he had more insight into what was going to happen and took the Lord’s death harder than any of the other apostles. And sometimes, when such a thing happens, one descends a tad farther than others and must protect oneself from even greater disappointment. This would explain him missing in that he was trying desperately to sort things out and needed some time alone.

    Also, there is no record that Thomas actually felt the Lord’s wounds. Such an action would obviously be unnecessary and anticlimactic.

    Enjoying these posts!

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    1. He said he wanted to put his finger in the wound in Jesus’ side. Yes, you would think that simply seeing the wounds would be sufficient, wouldn’t you? We’ll have all our questions answered when we get to heaven!

      Thanks, RJ!

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