Summary: If there is a poster boy for “doubting” it must be the Apostle Thomas. Thomas isn't mentioned often in Scripture, but there are examples for each of us in each instance. We've seen that he, like us, had his share of unsettling experiences.
March 9, 2016
Show Me Your Hands!
There are times when I feel like the man who said to Jesus “help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). And, how about this verse: “You don't have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible" (Matthew 17:20). The message here is this, “you don’t need to have great faith, like a David, an Abraham, a Joseph, or a Paul to do great things.” You only need a little, and the reason is that the Holy Spirit will take your little bit of faith and grow it. Don’t worry if you have some doubts. Remember the man who had doubts; I didn’t give you the entire verse. Listen to what he said: “The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” He must have had a little faith, for in the next verse we read, “When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.” Jesus removed the demon that was hurting the man’s son.
If there is a poster boy for “doubting” it must be the Apostle Thomas. Thomas isn't mentioned often in Scripture, but there are examples for each of us in each instance. We've seen that he, like us, had his share of unsettling experiences. One of those is in John 11. Like him, we've probably had questions about some things, perhaps it is the new revelation or knowledge, which Jesus had shared with them in John 14. Let's take a look at the final episode, the time when Thomas saw Jesus after the resurrection.
Thomas Refused to Believe
The text comes from John 20:24-31: “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were saying to him, ‘we have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.’ After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.’ Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.’ Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name."