Over the past few weeks, we’ve discovered the bravery and bold nature often overlooked in Thomas. In today’s Word on Wednesday we will take a closer look at Thomas the believer.
Let’s start by going to the scripture found in John 20.
Most of us are familiar with this verse and its implications. It is in these verses that Thomas earns his infamous nickname: Doubting Thomas.
The doubt that Thomas so ardently expresses here is shocking to most. There is almost a twinge of anger and/or jealousy hinted at here. Do you wonder perhaps if Thomas was envious that Christ had appeared to ALL of the disciples but him?
Yet, I believe that Christ did this purposefully, both to teach Thomas a lesson about faith and also to teach the other disciples a lesson about who Christ was. You see, what we typically gloss over in these verses is Thomas’s proclamation: “My Lord and my God!” Up to this point, the disciples had all referred to Jesus as “rabboni” or teacher/rabbi. They called Jesus a friend, a master, Lord, and the Messiah. But until this moment, none of the disciples had ever called Jesus, God.
Thomas was the first–and what a humbling and surreal experience it must have been to see God in his Lord, his teacher, his best friend.