“So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’
But he said to them, ‘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 believe.’”
John 20:25 (NIV)
How wise was our Lord in His choice of the Twelve Apostles! Thomas is planted in the stories of Jesus to help the honest doubters among us find a way to go from fear to faith. Our story tells us of Thomas’s doubts concerning the resurrection of Jesus.
Thomas was not going to be persuaded of the resurrection of our Lord except by the most irrefutable evidence. He had to personally see Jesus and examine the crucifixion marks—or else he would not believe. Never mind that 10 honest trustworthy men he knew well bore testimony to the resurrection—that was not enough. The Jewish Bible taught that the testimony of two or more witnesses was adequate to establish the facts. Thomas knew he ought to believe the 10 men but his stubborn nature resisted.
We are thankful for the honest doubts of Thomas because it gives us more than adequate proof for our faith to be firm—in spite of doubts that come our way.
Even the 10 apostles refused the testimony of the women who reported seeing the resurrected Christ. So they could not be critical of Thomas, because they too had doubts in the beginning.
Some of us today are people whose faith is weak and we need lots of reassurances to strengthen our belief in the Gospel message and in the Lord’s promises. Many times I have reminded a modern day “Thomas” of the Lord’s promises only to have them question and be timid in trusting the Word of God.
Some people need their faith to be fed continuously, or else they despair like Thomas and are doom and gloom in their pilgrimage. These souls need to remember the Lord’s faithfulness to them in the past and bring that reality to the present problem.
In the story of David and Goliath, we see the spiritual principle that needs to operate when we have honest doubts. David said in 1 Samuel 17:37 (NIV),
“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear
will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
So we need to recall our past difficulties and think about how the Lord provided for us then. That should give us confidence that once again the Lord will meet our need. Will you review your past and take courage for today? God was—and is—faithful to His people. Go and meet your Goliath today remembering the “bears and lions” you slew in the past.
“The feeblest saint shall win the day though death and hell obstruct the way”