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I was thinking of Thomas, Jesus’ disciple who was not with the others when Jesus made himself known after his Resurrection. When the others tell him they have seen the risen Lord, Thomas refuses to believe them. You can read this for yourself in the Good News Bible, John Ch 20 VV 24-25.
This was the same Thomas who was with Jesus and the other disciples when Jesus was heading back to Judea to see Lazarus. All the other disciples tried to dissuade Jesus as the Jews there had wanted to stone him. This again is found in the Good News Bible in the Gospel of John Ch 11 V 8. It is Thomas who says, “Let us all go with the teacher, so that we may die with him!”.
What happened to the bravery of Thomas in John Ch 11 V 8, to his disbelief in John Ch 20 VV 24-25? “Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in his side, I will not believe”. When Thomas is in Jesus presence it increases his faith, however when apart from Jesus, it triggers his doubt. Is there a lesson for us here?
In the Good News Bible Ch 20 VV 26-29 we read that a week later when the disciples were gathered indoors and Thomas was with them and the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood amongst them saying, “Peace be with you”. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then stretch out your hand and put it in my side.
Stop your doubting and believe!”
Thomas answered him, “ My Lord and my God”.
Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!”
We know Thomas as doubting Thomas.
According to Google there was a chance that Thomas was a twin. Although all of the Gospels mention Thomas, it is only in the Gospel of John that his words are recorded.
Church tradition tells us that Thomas was a missionary who may have ended up in India, but it’s hard to say with any certainty how far east he travelled.
God help us to be BELIEVERS and not DOUBTERS.