Apr 22, 2015
The Gospels record at least seven instances of disbelief in the Lord’s Resurrection. The words were spoken not by outsiders but by the disciples themselves. They didn’t believe the women who, on returning from the empty tomb, couldn’t wait to announce the good news to them. Idle chatter they called it.
On finding only linen cloths at the tomb, Peter went home wondering at what happened to the body. The two disciples at Emmaus had just about given up on the Lord’s promise and prediction. They had hoped as well . . . .
Then there was Thomas. You can almost hear his brashness, ‘I will not believe unless I can see the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side.’ Only then would he condescend to believe.
Jesus doesn’t reprove Thomas but indulges him. Once Thomas professes his belief, he becomes “the very one who most completely affirms the fullness of Christ’s nature found on the lips of anyone in the Gospel when he acclaims, “My Lord, and my God.” His acclamation has become a common confession of faith concerning Christ. (Jerusalem Biblical Commentary, #178).
You can understand the disciples’ doubt or anyone’s doubt for that matter about the resurrection of a mere person. Yet throughout his short ministry, Jesus foretold his Resurrection. Didn’t they listen to him? Weren’t they the ones who had protested that he was the Christ and expected Messiah? For days, their vision remained clouded.