The Testimony of Thomas

Bruce Fiol

READ : John 20:24-28

Thomas answered [Jesus], “My Lord and my God!” (v. 28)

They heard him say, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Then they watched him die.
And from the shadows they observed several men and women prepare his battered body for
burial. But now, on Sunday evening, Jesus suddenly appeared among his assembled disciples
through locked doors. One, however, was missing. Thomas hadn’t made it to “church” that
night. When his friends reported they had seen the Lord, he refused to believe.

But the following Sunday Thomas was present. Jesus came too. There he stood, alive! He
fastened his attention on Thomas. He showed his scarred body to the apostle. Tenderly,
patiently, he spoke. “Thomas, do not disbelieve, but believe” (v. 27). And Thomas’s
unbelieving heart was changed, for with absolute confidence he said to Jesus: “My Lord and
my God” (v. 28).

Thomas, the sixth witness to Christ’s deity, is perhaps the most significant. For three
years he had lived with Jesus. He even walked with him through the agony of the final
week. One would have thought that Thomas had witnessed enough by this time to forge an
unshakable belief that Jesus was all he claimed to be. Inexplicably, however, Thomas’s
life came crashing down in a crisis of faith.

But that’s the heart Jesus changed the week after Easter. And he can change yours
too.

PRAYER

Lord, demolish doubts and fortify my faith.