Monday, December 21, 2015

Doubting Thomas, or obedient Thomas?

Doubting Thomas by Giovanni Serodine (circa 1620)
While reading in John chapter 20, I came once again to the part about Thomas. As you may recall, Thomas wasn't with the other apostles when Jesus first appeared to them after His resurrection. When they told Thomas about it, he said, "Unless I see the imprint of the nails in His hands, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

Due to this response, Thomas earned the nickname of Doubting Thomas, but he may have received a bad wrap. What if Thomas was trying to be obedient to some of Jesus' last words to them? Take a look at Matthew 24, verses 23-27, and especially the end of verse 26 where Jesus says:

"So if they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go out, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them."  Matt 24:26 (NASB)

So, while Thomas may have doubted Jesus' resurrection, it is also possible that he was trying to be obedient to Jesus' recent instructions to them, and didn't wish to be deceived by reports of a false Christ. They were, after all, in an inner room.

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