Encounter, Part 2

Thomas Inside the Locked Room
April 7, 2024 | By Joseph McCormick

Doubt is an uncomfortable topic for most followers of Jesus. It challenges us to reflect on those nagging questions we have no answer to. If the resurrection changes everything, it means that Jesus doesn’t just want to show up in our moments of strength and faith. He also shows up amid our uncertainties, hurts, and doubts.


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John 20:24-31
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

1. Doubt can hide pain.
2. Doubt can be isolating.
3. Doubt can lead to greater faith.

John 11:8
Jesus said to the disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” “Rabbi,” they replied, “the Jews just tried to stone You, and You are going back there?”…

John 11:16
Then Thomas called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.”