19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:19-31, NRSV)
Where was Thomas the first time Jesus came to be with the disciples?
But to the title of this post, this Sunday, the second Sunday of Easter is always this text from the 20th chapter of John about Thomas. It has been called Doubting Thomas Sunday, which is not a good title for Thomas and is a bad translation of the text. Jesus didn’t actually say to Thomas, “Do not doubt but believe.” Jesus actually said, “Do not be untrusting but trust.” or “Do not be unfaithful but have faith.” or “Do not be unbelieving but believe.” Jesus never said that Thomas doubted.
We have come to think that doubt is bad, but doubt makes us find answers. Doubt pushes us to seek the truth. And that is not bad, but to be unfaithful, untrusting, or unbelieving is bad.
So don’t worry about doubting or questioning, worried about not trusting what God has promised us.