John 20:24-28 (NIV 1)
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the twelve, was not with the
disciples when Jesus came. 25So 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 it."
26A 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!" 27Then 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."
28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Thomas was one of Jesus' twelve disciples. He like the others had been deeply
shaken by Jesus' death. When Thomas' friends, the other disciples, tried to tell
him that they had seen Jesus alive, he was not about to believe them:
Thomas' words "My Lord and my God!" seem clear on their face. Thomas
is humbling himself before the risen Lord Jesus and acknowledging His
Jesus reaction to Thomas is telling. He did not correct Thomas and tell him
that He was just a man like him; no the Lord did not, but He did say the
John 20:29 (NIV 1)
29Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed;
blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
1 The Quest Study Bible, New International Version Grand Rapids Michigan:
Zondervan Corp. 1994
By this time Thomas and the others knew full well who thier friend Jesus
really was. Jesus was and is Almighty God.