“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:28-29
As I was reading the passage about “Doubting Thomas”, I began to realize that this passage was not only a picture of one who doubts, but also an amazing picture of One who loves and cares for us personally.
To me, Thomas doesn’t really seem like a doubter, but one who wants to know and be sure of things. Because of this trait, he often doesn’t see the obvious, but wants to be told plainly or shown. That was the way he learned.
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” John 14:5
I saw this in Thomas, because I learn the same way. Too many times I am looking for a direct answer or instruction, and fail to see the obvious answer in front of me!
Jesus knew this about Thomas, and he also knew that Thomas would not be there when He appeared to the disciples the first time. So why did He not wait until all the disciples were there?
I believe it was to show just how far Jesus will go to show that He cares for us individually. He knows each and every one of us, and He knows exactly what we need in order to believe, trust Him, or just step out in faith. His coming back specifically to show Thomas that He had indeed risen, showed just how much He loved Thomas, and wanted Him to be able to go forward without any doubts or reservations.
Jesus may not always give us all the answers, but He will ALWAYS provide everything we need to walk with Him. What an amazing love and care He has for every individual one of us!