Thomas was not present with the other disciples, upon the visiting of Jesus. Therefore, Thomas did not believe their testimony concerning Christ’s Resurrection, and then Thomas said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe” (John 20:25).
While Jesus was standing in their midst, He said, “Peace be unto you”; then He said to Thomas, “Bring hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not unbelieving, but believing. “And Thomas, beholding and examining carefully the hands and side of the Master, cried out with faith, “My Lord and my God.” Thus, he clearly proclaimed the two natures – human and divine – of the God-man (Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-29). Jesus replies, with the words “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and (yet) have believed (John. 20:29).”
This passage of the unbelief of Thomas is one of the many crucial messages that was given to humanity. Thomas had great doubt of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Although, the state of mind or disposition of Thomas was not clearly explicated in the Bible, does not imply that Thomas had ill intentions, with his doubt.
The situation only revealed the human-side of the disciples. Even one of the humble followers of Christ, had some level of doubt, or rather some reluctance towards the Lord’s great triumph. The fact that Thomas was not present, during the time that Jesus met with His disciples, was no accident. This perhaps was a lesson to humanity, set forth by God.
Allow us to ponder this a step further. How many other disciples would have possibly had some doubt, if he were also not present, during the initial meeting of Jesus, following His Resurrection? Perhaps the real question here, is who among us, would have been like Thomas? Which of us sinful, and unworthy humans, would have for a moment, displayed some doubtful judgments, regarding the Lord’s Resurrection, during that time?
Most Christians would strongly oppose the notion or potentiality that any believer in Jesus, would ever for a moment doubt the Lord’s journey, that He traveled here, on earth. However, that is none of our place or ability to make such an assumption, that none of us would have done likewise, as Thomas, if none of us were there to see Jesus, following His death. For none of the Christians, in today’s sinful ways of Sodom, would ever have the knowledge of such a thing. There is no way that one could make such an erroneously beleaguered conviction, about how one would have acted, during that time.
Above all, remember beloved, that none of us humans carry the burden of perfection. We are all sinful doers, who know no bounds, here on earth. The times, in which we inhabit life, are regrettably sinful indeed. None of us could possibly know, how any of us would have acted, if we were in the shoes of Thomas. Just keep in mind that just as Judas was used to be the one man, who betrayed our precious Lord and Savior, Thomas, too, was used as an example for time to come.