“Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
There’s a bit of Thomas in all of us, a bit of doubt and unbelief. Maybe that’s why we appreciate him. There’s hope for Doubting Thomases.
The crucial event in his life is unforgettable. Jesus appears to the disciples on the evening of his resurrection, but Thomas isn’t there. When the disciples exclaim to Thomas about seeing the risen Jesus, Thomas doesn’t buy it. No way. “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
Thomas is afraid to believe. He’s afraid that he will get his hopes up and then be devastated with disappointment. There’s a bit of Thomas in all of us.
But Jesus does not give up on Thomases. A week later, Jesus appears to the disciples again, and Thomas is there.
“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 disbelieve, but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’”
What a response. Thomas no longer needs to touch Jesus. “Not necessary, Lord!” He is lost in love, wonder, and worship. “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus’s response to Thomas is telling. If Jesus were not Lord and God, how would he respond? “Thomas, please. Yes, I’m the Messiah. Yes, I’m the prophet. Yes, I’m a great teacher. But I’m not the Lord. I’m not God.”
Does Jesus respond that way? Hardly. He affirms Thomas and receives his declaration of faith. “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’” (John 20:29).
Jesus loves it when we see who Jesus really is and worship him as, “My Lord and my God.”
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”