Why wasn’t Thomas with the rest of the disciples when Jesus appeared to them? Maybe Thomas went out for breakfast, or maybe he was just a late riser. Did he want to mourn Jesus’ death alone, believing that all was lost? Maybe he had a split personality? After all, he is called both Thomas and Didymus (John 20:24) and both names mean twin!
We don’t really know; but we do know that he was a belated believer to Christ’s being raised from the dead.
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, 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. (John 20:24, 25, KJV)
A full eight days later…
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
And finally Thomas, now with actual physical proof of the Risen Christ…replies.
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20:26-29, KJV)
What will it take for you to get the message?
Prayer – Lord, we believe. Help our unbelief. Amen