John 20:29 – Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
My youngest son’s middle name is Thomas. On both sides of our family, the name Thomas was enjoyed by several beloved ancestors. While my son is too young to know the impact of this name, one day I hope he understands the life and struggles of the men who came before him, especially those who bore his name like the Apostle Thomas. His questions are familiar to so many of us who yet see things unclearly.
The Lord appeared to Thomas separately from the other disciples, and the Lord never did anything without purpose. While it was certainly within the Savior’s power to appear when they were all together, He wanted Thomas and many of us to be challenged and reassured. The Scriptures tell us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). We are blessed with faith to believe what we cannot see or explain fully. When we fail to lean upon the Lord for our understanding, we most often stumble in the darkness. As the Lord lovingly chastened Thomas, we too should believe Him implicitly as a child her caring parent holding His hand through life.
When we are challenged with doubts and fears, let us say with Thomas, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28).