Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thomas' Legacy


I visited some friends the other day. It was a warm evening so we sat in the garden chatting. Moments later they both went into the house to prepare some refreshments and left me in the garden alone.

I sat admiring the view when suddenly out of the bushes came a fox. He moved around for a few seconds then hid again.

When my friend came out I told him about the fox. “Can’t be a fox” he said, “we live too far into town for a fox to come here …”

I said nothing and continued our conversation. Minutes later out came the fox again for a short while.

My friend shouted to his wife still in the house “We’ve got a fox in the back garden!”

Her exact reply was “Can’t be a fox, we live too far into town for a fox to come here!”

He called her a doubting Thomas and laughed it off.

Later that evening I thought about Thomas the disciple. What a service he did for Christianity without realizing it. By doubting Christ’s resurrection Jesus appeared again, and this time Thomas saw Him. The whole event was witnessed by the other disciples and recorded for us to read years later.

Had Thomas not doubted, we would have lost a valuable piece of evidence of Christ’s resurrection.

Jesus said to him, "Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!" John 20:29.

8 comments:

  1. I've just given this blog the Liebster Award. Any of the authors here is welcome to accept the award and post on it. http://contemplativehomeschool.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/the-liebster-award-revisited/

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  2. Thank you Connie on behalf of all our contributors and readers of this Blog.

    It is nice to see you visiting us here. You're most welcome.

    God bless you.

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  3. Interesting perspective Victor! I was thinking that poor Thomas had the legacy of being the nonbeliever but you shed a good light on it!

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  4. Victor - really liked your perspective here. Never really thought about the fact that Thomas' doubt gave us one more proof point of Jesus' Resurrection. It "forced" the Evangelists to write about that encounter. Who knows, if Thomas had not doubted, perhaps this would have been lumped into the "many other signs" John mentions at the end of his gospel.

    God Bless.

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  5. Love your post here. I have often seen Thomas as one with a deep faith. Sometimes those with biggest doubts are also those with deepest faith. God bless!

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  6. That's right Michael. Thomas' doubting became important enough for the Evangelists to write about it; and as such, it provides us with further proof of the Resurrection.

    God bless you, Michael.

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  7. True, Colleen. If we have great doubts yet hold on to our beliefs it shows a great Faith within us. Sometimes when life is hard and our Faith wobbles, the fact that we continue praying shows that we still believe.

    God bless you.

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