Following along the theme of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus we come to Thomas. He is often called “doubting Thomas”, but I think that’s a bit of an unfair label. They all had their doubts! Even after seeing Jesus and eating with Him “some doubted!”
Our friend Thomas had some reasonable doubt that maybe pushed the limits a bit, but hey, Jesus was crucified and everybody knew He was dead. Now, all the others were saying Jesus was alive and that they had seen Him. Here’s what Thomas said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” That’s a pretty strong statement. I mean the one where he says, “I will not believe!”
It sounds like Thomas is not only doubting but stubborn also. So John says that eight days go by and then Jesus appears to them all again and this time Thomas is there and is invited to put his fingers into the wounds of the Master. Instead, Thomas just proclaims, “My Lord and My God!”
Wow, what a faith confession! Unbelieving Thomas was suddenly a full-fledged, all-in, totally committed believer in Jesus. Seeing and experiencing the resurrected Son of God does a profound thing to our confession. Who do you say that He is?