Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Let’s give some context to this verse: Jesus has defeated death and is resurrected. He has shown himself to his disciples and a few others. Those who have seen Jesus tell Thomas, one of Jesus’s disciples, that Jesus is risen!
And Thomas says (basically) “Yeah, right. I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ll believe it when I touch it!”
Then Jesus appears to Thomas and allows Thomas to touch his wounds. And Thomas makes this proclamation.
A sermon at First Pres talked about this moment back in April. On April 28’s recorded sermon you can hear all about turning doubt to belief and a few other key transformations that Jesus does.
What’s important about this text for us, believers alive 2,000 years after Thomas’s declaration, is Jesus’s response to Thomas.
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
I added the emphasis. In that moment Jesus agrees with Thomas that Jesus is Lord and God. He doesn’t punish Thomas for wanting the proof of his wounds. He doesn’t reject Thomas as a follower. No. Jesus just blesses those who believe without seeing. Paul later writes in Hebrews 11:11 that Faith is assurance of what we cannot see.
And I have a passionate faith that Jesus is Lord and God.
Blessings, my beloved brothers and sisters;