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After Jesus died, Thomas and the other disciples were afraid, and they hid. Then one day, some of the disciples came to see Thomas.
“Thomas!” they shouted, unable to contain their excitement. “We just saw Jesus! He’s alive!”
Thomas shook his head in disbelief. “Impossible,” he thought as his eyes narrowed into a scowl. “He’s gone forever.”
“I don’t believe you,” he snapped.
“But Thomas, we saw him!” the disciples repeated.
Thomas replied, “I’ll only believe if I see the scars from the nails and put my fingers into them.”
No Longer Doubting
Eight days later, the disciples were hiding in a locked room. Jewish leaders roamed the streets hunting down anyone claiming to follow Jesus. Suddenly Jesus appeared to them.
“Put your finger here in my hands,” Jesus said, looking right at Thomas. “Don’t be a doubter. Believe!”
“My Lord and my God!” cried Thomas. Seeing Jesus’ scar was the proof he needed.
“You believe because you just saw me,” said Jesus. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
From that moment on, Thomas no longer doubted that Jesus had risen from the dead. He was full of faith — a faith that he would need when he and the other disciples took the gospel to India, where tradition says he was martyred for the faith. He gave his life for those who had not seen Jesus and yet believed.
(Source: God’s Missionary: The Faith of Thomas available from VOM Books.)