We have seen the Lord! (Jn 20:25-20:25)


The other disciples

Told Thomas.

‘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 put my hand

Into his side,

I will not believe.’”

ἔλεγον οὖν αὐτῷ οἱ ἄλλοι μαθηταί Ἑωράκαμεν τὸν Κύριον. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Ἐὰν μὴ ἴδω ἐν ταῖς χερσὶν αὐτοῦ τὸν τύπον τῶν ἥλων καὶ βάλω τὸν δάκτυλόν μου εἰς τὸν τόπον τῶν ἥλων καὶ βάλω μου τὴν χεῖρα εἰς τὴν πλευρὰν αὐτοῦ, οὐ μὴ πιστεύσω.

John uniquely indicated that the other disciples (οἱ ἄλλοι μαθηταί) told Thomas (ἔλεγον οὖν αὐτῷ) that they had seen the Lord (Ἑωράκαμεν τὸν Κύριον).  However, Thomas said to them (ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς) that unless he saw (Ἐὰν μὴ ἴδω) the mark (τὸν τύπον) of the nails (τῶν ἥλων) in his hands (ἐν ταῖς χερσὶν αὐτοῦ), and put his finger (καὶ βάλω τὸν δάκτυλόν μου) into the mark (εἰς τὸν τύπον) of those nails (τῶν ἥλων), as well as put his hand (καὶ βάλω μου τὴν χεῖρα) into his side (εἰς τὴν πλευρὰν αὐτοῦ), he would not believe it (οὐ μὴ πιστεύσω).  John was the only canonical gospel writer who used this word τύπον, that means typically, a stamp, a figure; a copy, an image, a pattern, a model, or a type.  As well as the term ἥλων that means nails.  Thus, the title of doubting Thomas was placed on this apostle Thomas, the Twin, because of this statement.  He wanted to see and put his fingers into the nail marks of Jesus’ hand.  He also wanted to put his hand into Jesus’ side.  If he was able to do these things, then he would believe in the resurrected Lord Jesus.  Otherwise, he would remain the doubting Thomas.  Have you ever doubted what other people have told you?