February 16, 2013

John 20:24-29

Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them after the resurrection. Where was he? Thomas' pessimistic view probably caused him to withdraw. He was brokenhearted, devastated, and feeling hopeless. When the disciples came to him and told him they saw Jesus, he would not believe it. He said he needed proof. We cannot be too hard on Thomas because no one else believed until they saw him either. Jesus was tender with Thomas when he did not believe. Jesus knows and understands our weaknesses. He understands our humanity and is gentle even when we are difficult. Thomas was pessimistic, sure, but he was also deeply committed to Christ and did not want to live apart from him.