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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

The Mark of the Nails

The Disciple Thomas is famously known as ‘Doubting Thomas’, and for good reason.

Poor Thomas seems to have questioned everything!

In John’s Gospel, chapter twenty, Jesus had revealed himself to the Disciples, But Thomas missed it.

So the other disciples told him, “we have seen the Lord!” But He said to them, “Unless I see the Nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here: see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” ‘

John 20:25-27

In the English Standard Version of this same passage it says-

“Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

John 20:25 (italics added)

The mark of the Nails.

Though Thomas doubted so severely, he assumed that there would be the marks of the nails in his risen Lord’s hands.

He thought that even if Jesus had been raised from the dead, he should at least bear some wound or scar that would signify what he suffered.

Jesus was beaten and wounded and crucified for us- and for all the Thomas’s in the world. He died for those who love and follow him, and also for those who choose to doubt him.

It was not the nails that held up on that rugged old tree, but genuine, unwavering and merciful Love toward you and I.

It was all for us- that is why he bore the mark of the nails.

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