April 23, 2017. Thomas always gets a bad rap. Just because he wants details before he is able to accept that Jesus is risen, he is forever labeled the “doubter.” But I contend that this passage of Scripture is not primarily about doubt; rather, it is about reality. When Jesus appears before Thomas, with the gift of peace and forgiveness, rather than judgment and condemnation, Thomas’ entire reality is altered. He now sees that life is more powerful that death, forgiveness more powerful than enmity, hope more powerful than dismay. When we are confronted by God’s gift of grace, may we respond with Thomas, “My Lord, and my God!”
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