John 20: Reasonable Doubt?

Thomas must have been disappointed in John 20. Jesus had just appeared to the rest of the disciples, but Thomas was not there. Thomas would not believe that they had seen Jesus himself he was able to experience it himself. Once Jesus did appear to him, he was told something that very well might have hurt quite a bit.

Joh 20:29  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Jesus had told them ahead of time that He was going to rise again. Thomas would have known that. Thomas would have also seen that Jesus had the power to raise the dead. He would have been around when Jesus raised Lazarus. He had both of the pieces necessary. He would have known that Jesus said he was going to come from the dead, and he would know that God the father had the power to do that.

However, he was still trapped in doubt.

I am not saying that doubt is not a natural. Most people have doubts of some nature at some point. Very few people are blessed with entirely unshakable faith that never wavers. However, in this case it seems that Thomas might have gone beyond reasonability. He had good reason to believe Jesus after living with Him for three years. Even though it seems crazy to believe that someone rose from the dead, when all of the available evidence seems reasonable and points in that direction, then it seems to me that that is where the conclusion needs to go.

I think we all have Thomas in our own minds, but reasonability is a good counterbalance for that. Given all of the available evidence, what is the most reasonable explanation about the resurrection of Jesus Christ? I encourage you to read The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus.


Posted on May 5, 2015, in John and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Another way of looking at Thomas is that although he had his doubts, once Jesus dealt with them he responded, “My Lord and my God!”

    Sometimes people doubt because they refuse to believe: every time one obstacle is addressed they come up with another. Others doubt initially – they are not swayed by every fashion and every rumour – but once that doubt is satisfied then they are willing and enthusiastic believers.

    Thomas went on to found churches in Southern India which have lasted until today, so we should always be ready to graciously answer someone’s genuine questions.

  2. That is a very good point. He was martyred for his faith, and he clearly realized that Jesus was indeed everything He said He was. He was obviously the second type of doubter. Once he was satisfied, he did not make up another obstacle just to be difficult

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