April 19, 2020 ~ Doubting Thomas
Thomas: Many of us know the disciple Thomas as “doubting Thomas” from his demand to see the resurrected Jesus with his own eyes and touch Jesus with his own hands. And yet, Thomas makes perhaps the greatest statement of faith in the whole of the gospels when he proclaims, “My Lord and my God!” We first meet Thomas in John 11:16 when Jesus was planning to head to Judea to raise Lazarus. The disciples were trying to talk him out of it, since it was dangerous territory for Jesus, but Thomas says in forthright manner, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” Thomas next appears in John 14:5, when Jesus is talking about his impending death and ascension to heaven. It’s unlikely that the other disciples have a clue about what Jesus is saying, but they remain silent. Thomas is the only one to speak up and confess that he doesn’t know what Jesus is talking about. When Jesus appears to the disciples in the locked room, Thomas isn’t there. His friends tell him the news but he demands to see and feel for himself. He wants to see at least what all the other disciples already saw. Eight days after Thomas makes this pronouncement, Jesus appears and speaks directly to Thomas, prompting Thomas to recognize the risen Jesus and blurt out, “My Lord and my God.” In the end, it’s not Thomas’ “doubting” or demanding that matters; it’s his believing.
 
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