Thomas The Disciple: More Than A Doubter 1

Thomas the Didymus, Apostle Thomas

When you hear the name ‘Thomas’ in the Bible, what comes to your mind? If you are like most people I know, I guess your mind will immediately think of ‘the doubting Thomas,’ the incredulous member of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ.

When Thomas came to be nicknamed a doubter

Thomas came to be associated with that uncomplimentary adjective when he (understandably) doubted the seemingly impossible news that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead.

This was because as at the time the risen Jesus showed Himself physically to His followers, Thomas was away to only-God-knows-where.

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

John 20:24

While Thomas was AWOL, the news of Jesus’ Resurrection had broken out amongst His disciples giving them great joy. And Jesus had presented Himself to His disciples too. But Thomas would take none of that, saying, he would not believe the resurrection story until he saw Jesus face to face.

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 20:25.

Talk about someone who says seeing is believing! That was our man, brother Thomas. Don’t you know at least one person in your life that is like that, who will not believe anything except he or she sees it? Or maybe you are even like that yourself!

How Jesus responded to Thomas’s doubt

Thomas had his wish seeing Jesus physically come through, but not immediately. It took another eight days before the doubting disciple became a confirmed ‘believer’. That was how long it took before Jesus appeared physically again to the Disciples.

Of course, Jesus was not ignorant of the fact that Thomas had not believed the Resurrection story. Hence He said to him, “…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” John 20:27.

It sounded like Jesus was saying to him, “Thomas, why do you doubt so much? Here, come touch me, feel me now… Are you convinced now?”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. John 20:28-29

Thomas moved from doubter to believer after seeing the evidence

At the juncture of meeting Jesus physically after His resurrection, all the doubts in Thomas vanished. An believer a strong believer of the resurrection story.

With the overwhelming evidence right before him, he had no other choice than to acknowledge the ‘First Born from the dead’ as both ‘Lord and God.’

Therefore, beyond the popular view that portrays Thomas as a doubter, a sceptic or an incredulous person, the outcome of this recorded exchange between the resurrected Lord and this hitherto unbelieving disciple,  affords us one of the indisputable written firsthand evidence of the physical Resurrection of Jesus Christ available to us today. It is a valid record that after His Resurrection, someone actually touched Jesus by the nail marks on His hands and feet, and His arrow-pieced side.

This showed a solid and indisputable connection between the same Jesus that was crucified on the cross and the One that resurrected and showed Himself to His disciples that He lives.

Changing the narrative

Beyond being labelled a doubter for seeking a physical proof before believing that Jesus had resurrected, Thomas should be appreciated for the role he played in having Jesus present Himself again to His disciples (and to the world) in order to further verify His resurrection from death through a conscious physical examination of the resurrected body.

Also read: Thomas, the Disciple – More than a doubter 2

In what way do you relate to Thomas’s behaviour? Was his doubt justified? Your comments are welcome.

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20 thoughts on “Thomas The Disciple: More Than A Doubter 1

  1. Brandon Adams Jan 18, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    John 11:16 shows Thomas to be a man of great compassion and feeling. He really does get a bad rap in the gospels.

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    • VictorsCorner Jan 18, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Thanks for the contribution Brandon. I like the terms you used for Thomas, “a man of great compassion and feeling,”. When I read that same scripture you quoted while writing this series, I saw him as “a man of courage and loyalty,”. More on the second part of the post coming soon. Regards.

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  2. Ganzymalgwi Jan 18, 2017 / 8:36 am

    Thomas was instrumental in th spread of the gospel to places like India. God bless those like Thomas who will believed after seeing the evidence.

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    • VictorsCorner Jan 21, 2017 / 8:37 am

      You are right. By all measures, Thomas was a great disciple of Christ. It’s high time we gave him more credits… Thanks.

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  3. Pastor Randy Jan 18, 2017 / 4:05 am

    Great words. And let’s not forget it was Thomas who said “Let us go with Him that we may die with him!” when Peter wanted Jesus to stay away from Jerusalem!

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    • VictorsCorner Jan 18, 2017 / 7:01 am

      Thanks Pastor Randy. You are right with that observation. That’s part of the thoughts I will share about Thomas in the second part of the post.

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  4. gadolelohai Jan 18, 2017 / 3:53 am

    i feel sad with myth of Thomas- Doubting come with all sorts of myth..truly to speak non of Apostles believed unless they saw the resurrected Jesus. But Thomas had a chance to believe on the witnesses made by apostles and two woman,,but he too failed like other apostles who did not believe unless they saw the resurrected Christ…Mark 16:14 says Jesus rebuked those 11 disciples for not believing his resurrections and also on him.Sadly our Apostle Johnn who has false notion that Christ loved him more than any other disciples present a very sad incident of only Thomas being rebuked unbelief. It would be wise for John to present how had been rebuked by Jesus for unbelief..but Thomas incident was extra ordinary..he not only wanted to see but also wanted to touch to belief…he did not believe those human witness at all..until Jesus witnessed himself…

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    • VictorsCorner Jan 18, 2017 / 6:58 am

      Wow, very correct and well said. Thanks for the interesting contribution.


    • dettinger47 Jan 18, 2017 / 2:55 pm

      Good job, Victor. As others have mentioned, it should be kept in mind that ALL of the disciples doubted. Thomas is definitely deserving of praise, not condemnation, and you bring that across very nicely.

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      • VictorsCorner Jan 18, 2017 / 3:12 pm

        That’s true. All other Disciples doubted but Thomas has been a victim of bad press, as one person said. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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