The uniqueness of the resurrection body of the Lord Jesus Christ is seen in the marks that are an eternal reminder and memorial that on the Cross He purchased salvation for all mankind. Those nail prints in His hands and feet, the scar from the spear thrust in His side are undeniable proof as to the reality that He was both God and man and in His humanity was subject to the cruelty of the creature in order that the human race might be reconciled to God and have a personal and eternal relationship with God through faith in the finished Work of the Cross of Christ.
How quick the Adversary sought to distort and pervert the magnificent sacrifice of the Lamb of God. The Holy Spirit, anticipating all the heresies that would be promoted to minimize and nullify the saving work of Christ, keeps before our thinking “those wounds yet visible” in the glorified resurrected body of the Savior. There would be the mocking of skeptics as they expressed doubt as to anyone being raised from the dead. Scripture gives us a glimpse of one of the men in the inner circle of Jesus’ ministry who allowed discouragement, doubt and perhaps fear to hinder his spiritual growth. Known in history as doubting Thomas, the flaws and weakness in his human nature surfaced even before the Cross occurred.
Recall that Lazarus had died and Jesus told his disciples … “and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him” (John 11:15 NIV). Thomas expressed a despairing attitude concerning life. “Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him” (John 11:16 NIV). Thomas was failing to apply Truth in his life with the result that his skepticism surfaced the night in which Jesus was betrayed.
The Savior sought to comfort His disciples with those magnificent words … “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way” (John 14:1-5 KJV)? Speaking directly to him Jesus responded … “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6 KJV).
Still entrenched in doubt, Thomas was absent when the disciples met together and denying the resurrection, he said … “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 it” (John 20:25b NIV). How gracious and tender were the Lord’s words to Thomas a week later… "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe. ” Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:27-29 NIV).
Those last words to Thomas are a source of great assurance to Christians for we are secure in Him. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand” (John 10:27-29 NIV).