When Jesus First Appeared Unto His Disciples Which Disciple Was Not Among Them?

The appearance of Jesus to his disciples after his crucifixion and resurrection is one of the most significant events in Christianity. It is recorded in the New Testament and is considered a cornerstone of Christian belief.

However, not all of Jesus’ disciples were present for this monumental event. In this article, we will explore which disciple was not among them.

The Appearance of Jesus to His Disciples

After Jesus’ crucifixion, he appeared to his disciples several times before his ascension into heaven. According to the Gospel of John, on the evening of his resurrection, Jesus appeared to ten of his disciples who were gathered together in a room with locked doors for fear of the Jews (John 20:19).

It is important to note that at this time, Judas Iscariot had already betrayed Jesus and ended up taking his own life (Matthew 27:3-5). Therefore, there were only eleven remaining disciples at this point.

During this first appearance, Jesus showed them his hands and side as proof that he had indeed risen from the dead (John 20:20). The disciples were overjoyed at seeing their Lord alive again.

The Absence of Thomas

However, one disciple was missing from this gathering – Thomas. This fact is mentioned specifically in John 20:24-25:

“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 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.’”

Thomas’ absence during this momentous event has led some to question why he wasn’t present. The Bible does not provide a clear answer, but some speculate that he may have been out running errands or attending to other business.

Thomas’ Doubt

Thomas’ doubt upon hearing the news of Jesus’ resurrection is well-known and has earned him the nickname “Doubting Thomas”. However, it is important to note that when Jesus did appear to Thomas later, he did not rebuke him for his doubt but instead offered him the proof he needed (John 20:27-28).

Thomas’ response upon seeing Jesus was one of belief and worship – “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).

The Importance of Thomas’ Story

The story of Thomas’ doubt and eventual belief is significant for Christians today. It shows that even those who have doubts can still be welcomed by Jesus and find faith in him.

As Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).


In conclusion, when Jesus first appeared unto his disciples after his resurrection, Thomas was not among them. However, his doubt and eventual belief serve as an important reminder that even those who struggle with faith can find redemption in Christ.