In this week’s Word on Wednesday, we will take a look at Thomas the redeemed.
Let’s take a look at the scripture:
While it may seem like Thomas has once again faded into the background, only appearing in lists of names as he did in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, I can assure you this is not the case here. In fact, this is one of my favorite verses about Thomas the disciple because, I believe, it offers the most hope.
In this passage, Thomas is listed alongside Peter, Nathanael, James and John (the sons of Zebedee), and two other disciples. Now, we don’t know who the other two disciples are, but the rest of the disciples we could consider “A-listers”, right? All of these men (Peter, James, John, and Nathanael) were included in Christ’s inner circle as evident by the inclusion of their rabbinical call in the gospels–ie. the gospels specifically mention their call to follow Jesus.
In addition, Thomas volunteers for this last mission–to accompany Peter on a fishing trip, which leads to the famous breakfast with the risen Lord on the beach. Now, if we remember correctly, Thomas hadn’t volunteered for anything during his time with Christ before the resurrection. In fact, I am sure most of us remember Peter as the group’s real “go-getter”.
Yet, here in these verses we see Thomas 1.) hanging out with Jesus’s inner circle and 2.) volunteering for something. I think this speaks to his personal transformation, don’t you?
Furthermore, I am not sure if you have noticed, but Thomas was “also known a Didymus” in this scripture and in some of the others preceding it. Didymus, when translated, means “the Twin”. But the twin of whom? Some historical documents point to a physical resemblance between Christ and Thomas. I, however, like to believe that Thomas is “the twin” of all men.
All men carry seeds of doubt, yet our failures should not define us. Like Thomas, we also have many other strengths to bring to the table. Also, like Thomas, when we latch on to the hope and love found in Jesus Christ, we may find ourselves transformed through the power of redemption.