Thomas was the doubter. He wasn’t always sure of what Jesus’ mission was. He had to see for himself, the wounds Jesus sustained in order to be convinced it was really Him. We all have doubts from time to time. Not only when we’re young and trying to figure things out, but when you’re old and facing the inevitability of death.
Yesterday our children’s message had to do with the nails that wounded our Savior’s hands and feet as he hung on the cross. The pastor talked to the little ones about something I had not thought of before – when Jesus was resurrected, His body was restored, yet the scars from the nails and the wound from the sword remained. Those scars remained as proof for Thomas, for you, for me and for all mankind to know that He suffered and died so that we wouldn’t have to.
Thomas was a fisherman by trade and a Galilean. We don’t know much about this man other than the fact that he became a strong builder of churches in the middles east and his mission for spreading the Gospel may have even been carried as far as China. He died a martyr’s death by the sword. Thomas had questions. For example at the Last Supper, he asked Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way.”
After the resurrection, Thomas wasn’t present when Jesus revealed Himself to the other disciples. Thomas wanted proof. He was a lot like most of us. We wonder, we question, and can be influenced by those who don’t believe. Thomas was undoubtedly asking questions that each of the disciples had been mulling over in their minds, but were unable to voice.
Jesus retained those scars. They were there to serve this purpose – to reveal the truth to Thomas and the entire world, that He is the risen Son of God. When Thomas placed his hand in the Savior’s wounds, he knew, without a doubt, that this truly was God in the flesh. He said, “My Lord and my God!
Because we haven’t seen Jesus, it’s natural for us to doubt at times, but Jesus also talked about us in the Bible when He said, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” We have the evidence of Jesus’ existence in the written Word of God.
Dear, Lord, Jesus, there are times when I doubt – when fears assail me, when things aren’t going well in my life, when things become hopeless. Keep me grounded in your word, because there I will find the truth – The Bible is your voice, your truth and your proof. Thank you for loving me enough to give your life for me. Amen!