But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
Around the Easter holiday, non-Christians are more willing to have conversations about Jesus. People approach these conversations from different places: some are willing to believe immediately, while others need more convincing. Jesus welcomes both the skeptics and those who have faith.
Thomas has been knocked throughout history, as many refer to him as “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas earned this nickname by doubting the testimony of his friends, who claimed to have seen the Lord. It’s tempting for us to judge Thomas, but his friends had actually seen the resurrected Jesus. Thomas hadn’t seen Jesus yet, and he had trouble believing. How much are we like Thomas? How much are our friends like him?
Did you believe the gospel the first time you heard it, or did it take multiple attempts? What about your friends? Do you have friends who love and trust you, but don’t believe your experience with Jesus? If so, we have much more in common with Thomas than we may have thought. Jesus is not threatened by questions. Thomas asked questions that Jesus had the answers to; it just took time for Thomas to come around.
- What questions did you have before you became a Christian?
- How did Jesus answer those questions?
- Pray for a friend you know whom you might describe as a doubter or a skeptic.