Just Call Me Thomas

How many times have we read or heard the story of Thomas the Disciple? He has been immortalized by his reluctance to believe that it was really Jesus that the other disciples claimed to have seen after the crucifixion. He declared that he would only believe if he saw Jesus with his own eyes and felt the places in His hands where the nails pierced Him. We’ve even coined a phrase to describe someone who questions or second-guesses: “Don’t be a doubting Thomas!” I know I’ve used that phrase a time or two. This week as I read John 11, for the first time ever, I saw a different side of Thomas and sympathized with him.

Jesus was planning to go back to Judea, the same city where His life had recently been threatened, and naturally, the disciples registered their objection. When Jesus insisted on going, Thomas was the one who piped up and said “Let us go also, that we may die with Him.” (vs. 16). Now where’s that sentence been all my Bible-toting life?! If that doesn’t smack of courage and devotion, I don’t know what else does. Thomas – Doubting Thomas, no less – wasn’t the wimpy, faithless moron that most of us know him as!

Sure he should have known better, having walked, talked and hung out with Jesus for as long as he did. But how many times do I, knowing God’s faithfulness and sovereignty first-hand, and being a witness time and time again to His love, provision and protection, still entertain “Thomas moments”? I think the brother was just having a bad day. Again, I feel him here!

I’ll never look at Thomas the same old way again. Because Thomas is ME!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teresa
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 11:49:35

    Yes, we are all Thomas’ at times in our lives, aren’t we? I’ve read that verse before, and admired him for his courage. Doesn’t seem fair that he is remembered mostly for his doubts. But, we have to remember too-that in the garden, the night of Jesus betrayal-Thomas too-ran away! Where was his courage and willingness to die with Jesus then? ‘The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak’ I’m not sure what verse that is, but it surely fits here! I’m so thankful God used Thomas to show us that even in our doubting moments, our weakest, fleshly thoughts and actions have been, and will be redeemed by Jesus!-because He so loves us.


  2. solathompson
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 17:47:55

    Well said, Teresa!


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