"Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” "
Thomas was not with the disciples when Jesus first appeared to them. We do not know why, but his absence from the church hindered and delayed his walk with the Lord. The writer of Hebrews warns us not to forsake gathering together with believers. Sometimes we want to stay away because we are near despair. This may have been Thomas. Sometimes we stay away because we are embarrassed or ashamed of our sins. Notice that Jesus knew all of Thomas’ doubt, and Jesus came to him anyway, inviting repentance and faith. Jesus knows all your problems, powerlessness, apathy toward Him, and your sin. And He calls you near to confess your sin anyway.