John Lesson 28 Day 5 Thomas
Jesus Appears to Thomas
12. We usually think of Thomas as the doubter.
- Thomas was a thinker.
- He asked questions.
- He wanted to see tangible evidence.
- He refused to believe hearsay evidence even from credible witnesses.
“Unless I see in His hands the marks of the nails, and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25 AMPC)
13. John’s Gospel points out Thomas’ admirable traits.
- Thomas was a Jew, probably from Galilee. (Acts 1:11) His family and occupational background are unknown.
- Thomas urged the other disciples to accompany Jesus to Judea even though it was dangerous. He said, “Let’s go so we can die with Him.” Thomas knew it was the right thing to do and did it.
In contrast, Simon Peter’s boast lacked commitment when he said, “Lord, I am ready to go with you, both to prison and to death” (Luke 22:33). These proved to be mere words, as Peter denied Christ three times (verses 54-62).
- At the Last Supper, Thomas was confused when Jesus said, “You know where I am going and how to get there.” Thomas asked, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the path?” Thomas’ question reveals him to be a seeker of truth and understanding. His naturally cautious temperament did not close his mind to further knowledge. (Link)
- Thomas was unwilling to believe the other disciples when they said Jesus was alive, but at first, even the others didn’t believe Mary Magdellan or the two disciples who saw Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Thomas wanted the same proof.
- When Jesus showed up and invited Thomas to touch His wounds, Thomas (filled with emotion) confessed, “You are the one True God and Lord of my life.” (John 20:28 Voice)
Thomas made an immediate transition from declared unbelief (John 20:25) to radical belief. He addressed Jesus with titles of deity, calling Him Lord and God. It is also significant that Jesus accepted these titles, and did not tell Thomas, “Don’t call Me that.” (Guzik)
We don’t read that any of the other disciples responded to Jesus with such an immediate, emotional profession of faith and commitment to the Divinity of Jesus.
14. Jesus came back for Thomas.
Jesus doesn’t discount us when we have questions or doubts. Thomas wanted to know the truth, and he didn’t stay away from the other disciples even though he didn’t believe them.
I love that it seems Jesus, the Good Shepherd, came back for the one lost sheep—Thomas. (Luke 15:4)
This encounter spoke volumes to the other disciples. Surely they wanted Thomas to see Jesus and know He had risen. They went through so much together. He was their spiritual brother and close friend.
It encourages me to know that in dark times and circumstances when it’s hard to believe, I can trust that Jesus will show up.
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