Doubting Thomas – what was his quest?

Let me share my thoughts on a biblical passage, which in my view is very badly misinterpreted. Let us consider the story of the doubting of Thomas. What was his quest really? Was it about the person of Jesus, or perhaps whether he was really risen? Let us consider the text:

Jn. 20:25 …”Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

Wow! He simply disbelieved his resurrection. So when Jesus appeared to them, we read the following:

John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.”

So you don’t believe I am risen? Here is the test: check me out. The request Jesus made for belief was not about his person, but about his resurrection, which Thomas doubted, and this context should determine his answer also.

John 20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

To take this statement as a declaration of belief about Jesus’ person is totally out of context. This was not made concerning who Jesus was, rather, it was a statement of awe directed towards God, a shocking recognition of His miraculous power manifested in the resurrection of Jesus.


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