Expectations were dashed. Disappointment reigned. What was next? His hope was murdered. Thomas may have thought, “I must have been wrong about Jesus”. Some have called Thomas, “the doubter” but he was a true disciple. It was not long before the crucifixion that Thomas said, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.” (John 11:16). He was just as willing to give his life as Peter was, believing that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah and yet he did not fully know who this man was. Listen to their conversation in John 14:5-6:
Thomas: “Lord we do not know where you are going, how do we know the way?”
Jesus: “I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him and have seen him.”
It was more than a week later and Thomas was face to face with the risen Christ. Jesus revealed the wounds to Thomas to give evidence that it was him, the same one that was beaten, whipped, and crucified. Scripture does not tell us if Thomas actually did touch the wounds but it does give us the words he spoke.
“My Lord and My God” (John 20:28).
Sceptics may say that Thomas was only responding as many would with a statement of shock. Horror at the wounds was all he was expressing, according to the skeptics, but the issue at hand was Thomas not believing, according to Jesus (20:29). His statement shows that he finally believed that Jesus Christ is himself God.
You and I have not seen and yet we have believed. Some day we will see him in all of his glory and will join Thomas by saying, “My Lord and My God”. Jesus said something about those who believe even though they do not see. He said, “blessed are they…” (John 20:31). That means those who believe without the physical evidence won’t be ashamed when they do have the evidence.
Ninety-two times John uses the word “believe” in his gospel. Believing is important for mankind. In fact Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life” (John 6:47). What was this belief that we are to have? Simply it is faith in who he is. John recorded that Jesus consistently taught who he is by saying, “I am” (John 6:35, 8:12, 10:9, 10:14, 11:25, 14:6, 15:5).
Jesus came not only to give us his teaching. He gave us himself. We worship him by saying, “My Lord and My God” because the creator has loved all with a love that is beyond words.
He showed Thomas his wounds as evidence of the greatness and goodness of his love. Jesus continues to reveal himself to anyone who will look and see who he is.
A believer is more than a “follower” of another. In the case of the Son of God, we are also “worshipers”. With Thomas, we say, “My Lord and My God”. We appreciate your Comments