11 - Jesus reveals himself to Thomas

O sing to the Lord a new song

All        for he has done marvellous things.  Alleluia.


Bible reading – John 20:24-29

But Thomas (who was called the Twin*), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ 28Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’



One of them is not present and he is no one’s fool.  He just doesn’t buy all this risen nonsense.  The dead do not go walk about, they don’t eat fish and they certainly don’t lead Bible studies.  Thomas thinks he has the knock down proof request, to place his hand in Jesus’ wounded side and his fingers in the nail holes, then he will believe!  Of course that can’t happen so enough of this foolish talk.  He is silenced as quickly as he is dismissive.  He is also captured by the jaw dropping appearance and like Mary in the garden he throws himself into a total response: “My Lord and my God”.  This encounter is not available to the rest of us so as fantastic as his total declaration of faith is, the one that comes from hearts that have not seen is greater.


Risen Lord,

you turned Thomas’ doubt into a shout of faith.

Take our questioning minds

and make them a gateway to hope and trust in you.  Amen.



            Sing to the Lord, bless his name

All        tell of his salvation from day to day.  Alleluia.