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.” [John 20:25]
Before continuing, I would like to state that this post is mainly about some of my thoughts regarding the above verse. It is not meant to be taken as bible study material. The reader may or may not agree with what is written below but please do not take offence.
Regarding the above verse, most of the websites and commentaries I read, wrote that, in short, Thomas wanted to see the evidence before he would believe. I do not dispute that. But I wonder why Thomas said he would want to see the marks on the hands and side instead of Jesus in person before he would believe. Surely if Jesus stood in front of him, it should be hard evidence of His resurrection. I wonder if Thomas was thinking that the person the others saw was an imposter, thus he wanted to see the marks on the hands and side to be sure that was indeed Jesus.
Or could it be related to John 20:20 that wrote that Jesus showed them His hands and side? If so, then Thomas probably meant to say he would want to see the marks on the hands and side too, just as the other disciples had, before he would believe.
However the most amazing thing about the verse is not what Thomas was thinking but what Jesus did. Later in John 20:27 it is written that Jesus appeared to the disciples, with Thomas present, and He asked Thomas to see the hands and side. Jesus knew what Thomas needed in order to believe and offered that to Thomas, even though Jesus was not present when Thomas said that.