Jesus makes a special appearance for Thomas

John 20:24-31. 24th or 25th of Nisan. A week or eight days after the resurrection of Jesus. All eleven disciples were in a locked room and Jesus came and stood among them.

The name Thomas, and also the name Didymus, means Twin.

Sometime in this period, Jesus appeared to Thomas. Why Thomas did not believe Jesus had risen from the dead we do not know. But Jesus had told all the disciples plainly He was to die on a cross and He would after three days rise from the dead and then go back to His Father in Heaven.

Then Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” So we who have not seen Jesus in the flesh will be blessed when we believe Jesus is the Son of God and follow His commands.

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name. Also, Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them was written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Background Reading:

Jesus Appears to Thomas

20:24 Thomas, one of the Twelve (called the Twin), wasn’t with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples kept telling him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he told them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger into them, and put my hand into his side, I’ll never believe!”

26 A week later, his disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were shut, Jesus came, stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he told Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Take your hand, and put it into my side. Stop doubting, but believe.”

28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Jesus told him, “Is it because you’ve seen me that you have believed? How blessed are those who have never seen me and yet have believed!”

The Purpose of the Book

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not recorded in this book. 31 But these have been recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and so that through believing you may have life in his name.
John 20:24-31

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