“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’.” (John 20:29 NIV)
Perhaps the best-known skeptic in the New Testament is the apostle Thomas. Some people call him Doubting Thomas because he initially doubted that Christ had risen from the dead. Nevertheless, Thomas was honest, courageous, and devoted to Christ. (John 11:1-16) His words of doubt are recorded in Scripture for a purpose, and we can learn from his weakness.
After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples, but Thomas was not present. The disciples told Thomas they had seen the risen Christ, but he refused to believe until he saw and felt the nail marks in His hands and put his hand into His side. Eight days later Jesus came to His disciples again, and this time Thomas was with them. Jesus addressed him:
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:27-28 NIV)
With the help of Christ, Thomas made a declaration of faith. Jesus told him to stop doubting and believe, but He was not angry with him. Instead, He called Thomas to Himself, met him at the point of his struggle, and led him to faith. When our faith is shaken, Christ offers us the same love and mercy He gave to Thomas. Jesus walked on this earth, and He understands our struggles and sympathizes with our weaknesses. (Hebrews 4:15) Even in the midst of doubt, our Savior is faithful.
Heavenly Father, thank You for not giving up on us when our faith is shaken or weak. Thank You for the love and faithfulness of Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.