In which Thomas wasn’t the first to doubt the Resurrection

by Craig on December 14, 2010

“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

John 20:25

It’s always portrayed as such a sad response from such an unbelieving soul. It is “unbelieving”. I know this because Our Lord said so. But Thomas was not alone in his disbelief.

We think, the other ten believed, why not him?

But did they?

I look at Scripture and I find that Thomas has company.

Luke 24:10,11 “The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles, but their story seemed like nonsense and they did not believe them.”

Thomas was not the first to doubt the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Faith is the evidence of things unseen.  I guess if God wanted to, he could make himself  constantly visible to all the world, in such a way that no one could possibly deny his existence.  He’d have followers to be sure – but not one believer.

All of us waver, and wander, and bobble in the sea of doubt.

Some of us more, some less, and some of us just don’t show it.

But not a one of us has perfect faith.

But the good news is that God doesn’t leave us in our doubt.

He meets us at the point of our doubt.

I have said that doubt is the touchstone of faith.  It sounded neat when I first I heard it. I didn’t really get it, but I liked it. Pretty words.

But one day I decided to look into the pretty words.

What is a touchstone?

It’s a piece of black stone used by goldsmiths and miners to determine the purity of gold.  A person takes the gold nugget and rubs it against the touchstone.  The mark left behind on the touchstone reveals how how pure the gold is.

My faith must be rubbed against the touchstone of my doubt,

if it is to be proven as pure gold.

That is what Jesus is about to do with Thomas,

and what he does with me

and what he does with us

every day.

Please come back tomorrow.

The story only get better.

God Bless

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Debbie December 14, 2010 at 3:01 am

Loved thinking about touchstones here today. . .and how Jesus does that with each of us at our point of doubt. Thank you so much, for keeping us in touch with Him. :)

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Craig December 14, 2010 at 11:41 am

Everyday Deb. Every day we (I) doubt something. We are all of little faith. That’s the point. The more points of contact we have, the better. Thank you for reading Deb.

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Anonymuss December 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Interesting, too, the reminder that Thomas wasn’t the only doubter in those days! He was just the poster child.

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Craig December 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm

the poster child – heh – brilliant. And stay tuned – there’s more.

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