THE "DOUBTING" DISCIPLEJesus had appeared to ten of the disciples in that upper room on Easter Eve. His appearance brought them from doubt to joy (John 20:19-20).
One of the disciples was absent that night. He has been given the infamous title of “doubting Thomas” since he verbalized his skepticism—
““Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger
where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not
Jesus waited a week before He chose to appear to His disciples again, in that same upper room (vs.26a). He shared the same greeting of ““Peace”” (vs.26b).
Then Jesus intentionally went to Thomas. As if He had overheard this disciple’s word from a week before, Jesus invited this disciple to do the very things he had stated for proof (vs.27a). Jesus concluded with these words (which validates the title given to Thomas)—““Stop doubting and believe”” (vs.27b).
Thomas now celebrated his risen Savior as he said—““My Lord and my God”” (vs.28). Then Jesus added these timeless words—““…blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”” (vs.29b).
OUR STORY: We are the ones “blessed” as we have “not seen and yet
have believed”—in our risen Savior!