Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Jesus wants each individual to believe on Him. It took a different experience for Thomas to get to that place, but that was okay. He believed at this moment, and surely he lived the rest of his life with a strong faith in Jesus. It takes different amounts of time. It takes different events. It takes different interactions with Jesus. Everyone has to come to that place of faith in Christ, but everyone takes a different path to get to that moment where they can believe without a doubt.
Jesus will bring us through whatever it takes to ensure we get there. He will reveal Himself in different ways. He will emphasize different aspects of the truth concerning Him. He will come at different points in our lives or send people in our path. And He will use the accumulation of those different experiences to get us to that place where our heart is ready to accept Him for who He is, to believe He is alive, and to trust Him to be our Savior and Lord.
And Jesus does the same thing with all of our doubts even after we are saved. He leads us down a path that will get us to a place of belief. And when our eyes are finally opened to that absolute truth we needed, our relationship with Jesus gets stronger, our faith grows, and along with that comes an unshakable assurance of that one area of doubt so we can go forward believing. And those experiences can change us and what we believe about ourselves, too.
Let us examine the evidence and know the truth with certainty. Jesus is alive. He really died and rose again. He is still alive today, and we who have not seen can still believe on Him and have life in Christ. And when we have our doubts along the way, Jesus deals patiently with us and shows us what we need to believe. May we be willing to trust Jesus fully. And may our eyes be open to see the truth that He will reveal to us.