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Passion Week

Jesus Appears to Thomas

Scripture

John 20:24-31

Commentary

Thomas had not been with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them on the evening after the resurrection, so he is reluctant to believe the news that they tell him.  But it is fair to note that the disciples didn't believe the word of the ladies who had first seen Jesus after His resurrection either.

Thomas makes the bold statement that he would not believe Jesus rose from the dead unless he saw the scars on His hands and side. 

When Jesus appears a week later, He does not criticize Thomas for his lack of faith as Jesus did so often with His disciples in such situations.  Instead Jesus focuses on the positive that many would hear and believe without ever have the benefit of seeing.  John ties this into the theme of his gospel and writes that he has recorded these things so that others may hear and believe.

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