Here we see that Thomas was not among those who experienced Jesus’ visit. Scripture does not tell us why he wasn’t there. This may the reason why he was slow in believing Jesus’ resurrection. As a result of this, Jesus lovingly appears when Thomas is among the disciples. The other disciples told Thomas of Jesus’ appearance, but Thomas had to see it for himself. I commend Thomas for his stance on this subject. He wanted to know for himself. How much better that his question be answered by the revelation of truth. We should take notice to this in our lives as believers. How much more would our Father God be so willing to answer our questions. Then our faith would be built up even more. Another thing that we should notice is how Thomas makes his statement. He says “except I see…” They may have told him of their experience, but it held no weight for him. He wants to “touch” and “see” for himself the nail prints and the hole in Jesus’ side. How much more should we be encouraged by his request. We are more blessed because we believe by faith and not by sight. Notice the word “unless.” Once again, Jesus speaks peace to them. Then Jesus directs Himself to Thomas. Jesus tells him to just believe. Thomas did not that.
Eight days later they were all gathered together including Thomas, and Jesus shows up again. This time for Thomas’ sake. Oh how He loved Thomas! Thomas saw and believed. He called Jesus his Lord and His God. This is the first time we see these titles attributed to Jesus. This points to the divinity of the Son of God. Psalms 118:28 John 5:231 Timothy 3:16 Jesus then approves Thomas’ faith.