Can you imagine the pressure Thomas must have been under to believe what the other disciples told him?
They have just had the most incredible, awe-inspiring, life-changing experience of all time; the Lord and friend that they had seen die just days before was back – walking and talking with them, eating with them. In a moment, in a flash of revelation, everything he had said about having to die, but that not being the end, came into focus.
Everyone in this community of friends, everyone but him, was infused with a new confidence, and were begging him to share it with them.
Everyone important to him believed. How much do you think he would have wanted to join them in their faith? Or how tempted must he have been to at least play along? For surely, to not believe now was to risk being the odd one out, the outsider. Believing that Jesus was alive again changed everything – would Thomas still be part of the group, if he was the only one to doubt?