Doubtlessly, we are all familiar with the story of “doubting Thomas.” The other disciples had witnessed the Resurrected Savior. They were excited and hopeful, yet in fear of the Jews, they locked themselves a room. John writes, “Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘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.’” (Jn. 20:24-25) Thomas essentially said, “I want more evidence.” Can anyone really blame him for that?
What’s interesting in all of this is verse 26, “Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.” Did you catch that? Thomas was doubting, was in need of more evidence, and wanted more convincing, yet Thomas, even with his weak faith, was still was “with them.” Although he wasn’t on the same spiritual level as the other disciples at that point, he showed up anyway.
There is a message here for those of you who may be seeking. Although you have doubts, do what Thomas did and keep searching – reach out, ask questions, never stop looking for the truth. And when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, do what Thomas did and show up – attend services, experience small groups, befriend people and continue asking questions. Do this and little by little your doubts may very well be transformed into a bold, confident faith. That’s what happened with Thomas. Thomas got his questions answered because he chose to show up anyway!