Day 6 Getting to know Thomas.
Thomas the loyal and practical, down to earth, seeing is believing loyal disciple of Jesus. There isn’t that much really disclosed about him but what we do know is that he wasn’t afraid to ask questions even if it was Jesus if he didn’t understand something. He was present when Jesus went to Bethany even though he was afraid. He was present during the last super and when Jesus provided for fish than they could pull in the net. Thomas even doubted that Jesus had resurrected thinking the other disciples saw a ghost until Jesus revealed himself to him. I’m sure the other disciples loved that Thomas wasn’t afraid to ask questions of Jesus that they might have been afraid to ask. Thomas like the others died a martyrs death by being thrust with pine spears tortured with red hot plates on his body and burned alive. After doubting Thomas gave up his life spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
John 11:14-16 NIV
So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Then Thomas (also known as Didymus ) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
John 14:2-6 NIV
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 20:24-28 NIV
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus ), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”