Thomas has been remembered for his time of weakness and doubt. He has been dubbed “doubting Thomas.” No one will deny that Thomas had times of doubt, but we must ponder the man as a whole. At the time of Lazarus’ death, Jesus desired to go to Jerusalem. The disciples reminded Jesus that the Jews in Jerusalem sought to stone Him. Thomas, confident in his Lord, stated, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” A pessimistic statement, yet one showing great courage, love and loyalty.
Thomas is remembered for two occasions of doubt. The first we have recorded for us in John 14:5: “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” Jesus spoke of spiritual affairs to a group who were still thinking physical. Thus, as Jesus tells them that they know where He goes, and the way there (John 14:6). However, he is best known for the statement in John 20:25: “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Thomas wanted to believe, but he required proof. Peter and John were not so different. When the ladies said that Jesus had risen, they rushed to the tomb to confirm the truth.
You may call it doubt or caution, but look for the purpose and benefit within it. Thomas required proof. Eight days after Thomas declared his need for proof, Jesus showed Himself unto Thomas. Jesus gave Thomas that which he needed: evidence of a risen Savior. Thus, he declared, “My Lord and my God.” Do you believe?