So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25, ESV)
When we read about Thomas in the Gospels, we don’t see that he was given to impulse or outlandish things. It seems he was someone who was logical, sensible, and had a practical nature. In regard to his faith in Christ he was not partially committed, hot, then cold, but was all-in. But when it came to trusting the testimony of others concerning the resurrected Lord, he was skeptical and would only be convinced if he got to examine Jesus himself. After all people did not come back once they died—except for Lazarus whom Jesus had raised from the dead—but since Jesus was dead who was there with that kind of power to raise Jesus? No, the only thing that would convince Thomas was putting his finger in Jesus’ side and examining the holes in his hands.
There is a lot to regard and unpack in this story with Thomas. We shouldn’t be too quick to judge, maybe even consider how we sometimes let logic, sensibility and practicality get in the way and keeps us from believing with big, unobstructed, crazy faith that God can do anything at all, and if he can raise the dead and come back from the dead then what can’t he do in or for us? And if we have even one ounce of hesitancy or questioning whether God can accomplish something in our life or circumstances we are just like Thomas, needing to examine the nail prints in Jesus’ hands and side before we believe he can do something in our situation.
How do you relate to what’s being said or presented in today’s passage? How can you identify with the uncertainty of Thomas?
How does this passage speak to your heart right now? Are you comforted, or convicted?
How do you see Jesus respond and react to Thomas’s need?
Respond in Prayer and Certainty of Faith
Jesus, is there something you want me to take from this passage? How can I respond to what is being highlighted and apply what I’ve learned or understood in my own life, faith, and circumstances? What are you inviting me to do, be, or become? Help me to be more spiritually discerning, willing, and obedient to your commands and desires for me. Amen