Beyond a Reasonable Doubt | Part 2: You Won’t Fool Me
April 30, 2021
April 30, 2021
24 But Thomas (called “Twin”), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 So the other disciples were telling him, “We’ve seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (John 20:24-25)
According to the text, what is Thomas doubting? The answer is clear: Thomas doubts that Jesus has risen from the dead. Though his closest friends for the last three years have enthusiastically shared with him otherwise … Thomas doubts Jesus’ resurrection.
So, what kind of doubt is this? Is this the kind of doubt due to stress and exhaustion that can be remedied by a good night’s rest? Is this the skepticism brought about by an attractive but self-defeating worldview?
The context tells us that Thomas’ doubt is the skepticism of one who has gone through stupendous religious disappointment, and he does not want to be disappointed ever again. Thomas had passionately believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah … a belief destroyed by a very public and grotesque crucifixion. Thomas was not about to be snookered again, even if his best friends in ministry believed otherwise. He would not be so gullible.
What about you? Have you written off God, Jesus, or the church because of some profound disappointment? Have you been burned by the church … disillusioned by the hypocrisy of a bunch of “do-gooders” who treat you with disdain and think they are better than you because they didn’t make “that” mistake?
Or have you generally been walking with the Lord, only to have the wind taken out of your sails based on some traumatic event, such as an illness, a job loss, or the loss of a loved one? As a result, you find yourself disillusioned … doubting Jesus’ love and provision for you?
We’ll look next time at the remedy and result of Thomas’ doubt.
Rob is Teaching Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.