Saturday, 29 October 2016

THOMAS THE DISCIPLE

The first thing that comes to mind when the name of Thomas the disciple is mentioned is "doubting Thomas". He got this tag (doubting Thomas) because he was not with the disciples when Jesus first appeared to them after His resurrection and when they told him that Jesus is risen and He has appeared to them Thomas said he will not believe until he sees the hole in Jesus' hand and he feels where they pierced Him on the side.........John 20:24-29. I think he deserved to be tagged "doubting Thomas.

However, In my bible study i saw something of note about Thomas that is worth pointing out about his bravery as an apostle.

Here is the Story

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.

Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.

Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.  But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”  These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.  And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”

Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
John 11:1‭-‬16 NKJV

The disciples were scared about Jesus' decision to go Judea again because the last time he was there the jews attempted to stone Him. The contribution of Thomas in this context is of great commitment to Jesus and his words were of encouragement to other disciples to follow Christ no matter what may befall them. But it appears Thomas was never remembered for this bravery.

LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF THOMAS THE DISCIPLES
Thomas' life taught me 2 great lessons;

1. No one is perfect: doubts may be found in a very brave person. Therefore whatever you do, always pray that God should keep you up so that you will always stand firm in the faith and no doubt will be found in you.

2. People may not remember the good things we've done in the past but they may be very quick to tag us "bad" the moment they find faults in us. But when we are in Christ there is no condemnation for us. Romans 8:1

PRAYER
Our kind and Heavenly Father, we pray to You this moment that You have mercy on us. We always want to stand firm in You. We do not want the spirit of doubt to triumph over us. We cannot do this by our power that's why we seek Your Holy Face. Have mercy upon us Dear Lord.

In Jesus name we pray


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