Believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God – John 20:24-31
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, who was called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 Eight days later His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus *came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be to you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Place your finger here, and see My hands; and take your hand and put it into My side; and do not continue in disbelief, but be a believer.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you now believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
30 So then, many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that by believing you may have life in His name.
In John 20:24–31, Jesus pursues a skeptical disciple, Thomas, unto belief. And like a tender shepherd, He meets Thomas where he is. Jesus graciously works to alleviate his doubts so Thomas might believe that His teacher and friend is God in flesh, the risen Messiah. And because John tells us that this belief and the eternal life that it provides is the goal of his gospel, we’ll take a closer look at what it truly means to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.