“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!'” (John 20:27, NLT).
Doubt, suspicion and caution are necessary in a world where opening your front door to a stranger could be dangerous. The person who is too trusting is often taken advantage of and ends up hurt, broke or worse. Sadly, even in times of personal or national tragedy, scammers and swindlers move in to get what they can.
In Jesus’ day, people looked forward to the coming of the Messiah, expecting him to ride in on a white horse, leading an army and looking like a king. So it’s no wonder many doubted he could be the real thing. Thomas openly expressed his doubts, even after spending three years with Jesus, hearing his teaching and seeing the miracles. Anyone else might have told him to get lost—after all, how much convincing did he need? But Jesus was gentle with Thomas’s doubts and even let him put his hand in the wounds from his crucifixion. He is gentle with our doubts as well and will never tell us to get lost. Through the Holy Spirit, we can still reach out and touch his scars and believe.