From Ulf Ekman’s Blog
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.”
Here Jesus both encourages and reprimands Thomas. Doubt had taken over in Thomas’ soul. Everything he previously had experienced became unreal. Doubt always casts a dark shadow over what God has done. Thomas isolated himself, which only made the situation worse. Suddenly God was far away; it was almost as if He no longer existed. Darkness has a tendency to paralyze the soul, destroy courage and quickly spread from one person to the next.
But when Jesus comes, reality is restored. Nothing can compare with a fresh encounter with God. Thomas experienced how the dark shadow lifted and how life began to pulse through him again. An encounter with the living God always kills the fears of doubt. Doubt can no longer spread but is devoured by the faith and assurance that radiate from the face of Jesus. He is real. He is risen. Jesus meets Thomas right where he is. He knows the dark thoughts that doubt had caused in Thomas’ sorrow-stricken and confused mind.
It seemed, after all, that everything had gone so wrong. Jesus, who was supposed to be king and Messiah, had died and disappeared. And when His physical presence was no longer felt, doubt crept in. But now, when He returned, risen from the dead, Jesus chopped off the ugly head of doubt. “Reach your hand here, and put it into My side, and doubt no more.” Jesus’ wounds can heal even the sickness of doubt and stop if from spreading.
Then Jesus spoke about Thomas’ future: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” In the future, Thomas, you will not always be able to see, feel or experience My presence. But believe in Me, and believe My Word.
— Ulf Ekman