When they saw him [the resurrected Jesus], they worshiped him; but some doubted.
But some doubted? They saw him murdered, wrapped and placed in the tomb. They heard the reports of those who went to the tomb and now, with their own eyes, they see Him. With their own ears they hear Him. But they still doubted!?
I find some encouragement in this passage. If some of these, with all the tangible, physical evidence in front of them, could still doubt perhaps my questions and occasional doubting is not so hopeless. But here is the most encouraging part: though He knew some still doubted He did not berate, or even name, them. This would have been the time to say, “But Thomas still doubted” or “Matthew was still so weak in his faith that it’s a miracle he made it”.
If this passage is referring to only the 11 disciples, as it infers, then we know that though they still doubted at this moment those doubts would dissipate and they, each one except John, would witness to their faith, their absolute lack of doubt, by dying a martyr’s death. And John, though not martyred, would also suffer greatly as a testimony of his faith.
While total belief is obviously far better than doubting I’m glad the Lord has a place in His family and in His service for those who sometimes just aren’t sure. How about you?
Then Jesus told (Thomas), “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”