We often call him “Doubting Thomas.” However, Thomas’ foible is much greater than a simple doubt. Thomas flat-out “disbelieves” in the resurrection of Jesus (John 20:19-31).
Disbelief (or – unbelief) is exactly what it sounds like. It is the clear opposite of belief.
In Greek (the language of the New Testament) the word for “belief” is pistis and “unbelief” is apistis.
To doubt something means that you have a glimmer of belief. As if, you want to believe, but you’re just not convinced. Unbelief is desiring to not believe.
And this is what we have with Thomas. He is reluctant. He refuses to believe.
So, what does Jesus do? Jesus shows up. Full of grace and truth. Full of power and might. He appears in a locked room. Fully resurrected. Fully glorified. Fully alive! He doesn’t let Thomas off the hook.
And to those fearful friends of his, Jesus powerfully speaks, “Peace be with you.”
The moral of the story? If you want to disbelieve in the resurrection of Jesus, you need to carefully protect your unbelief because Jesus is coming for you.
Alive in Christ!