πŸ‘‘ Doubting Thomas

Don’t believe your doubts. BelieveΒ God’s Word.

Said our Lord:Β β€œWhither I go ye know, and the way ye know” (John 14:4).

Said Thomas:Β β€œWe know NOT whither Thou goest, and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5).

Who was right? Of course our Lord was right. He knows us better than we know ourselves. But Thomas, believing his doubts rather than his Lord, found himself not merely questioning, butΒ contradictingΒ Christ Himself.

The trouble was that Thomas was thinking on a lower level than was our Lord. Thomas was thinking only in terms ofΒ localityΒ andΒ method, while our Lord hadΒ personsΒ in mind. All through these pre-crucifixion chapters of John, our Lord appears to be occupied with thoughts about His Father, He had not been talking about goingΒ to heaven, but of going toΒ the FatherΒ (John 13;1; 14:12). Nor had He referred to moral conduct or theological dogma when He said,Β β€œthe way ye know”. Rather He had referred toΒ Himself, who alone could gain for Thomas an entrance to the Father. β€œNo man cometh untoΒ the Father,” He said, β€œbut byΒ Me” (John 14:6).

So our Lord was right. ThomasΒ didΒ know whither Christ was going: β€œtoΒ the Father.” And heΒ didΒ knowΒ Christ, the way. Had Thomas, rather than our Lord, been right, Thomas would have been a lost soul but, only a few hours later, in our Lord’s hallowed prayer to His Father, He was to say:Β β€œThis is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou has sent” (John 17:3).

We must be careful about criticizing Thomas too severely, for while he was apt to look on the dark side of things he was also ready to give his life for his Lord. Of all the apostles, it was he alone who said, when the Lord proposed to go to Judaea shortly before His crucifixion,Β β€œLet us also go, that we may die with Him” (John 11:16).

At our Lord’s resurrection, however, we again find Thomas believing his doubts, in fact, defending them, as he says:Β β€œExcept I shall… put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). But when, β€œafter eight days,” he was invited to do just that β€” as he stood in the very presence of Him who isΒ β€œthe resurrection and the life”, he repented the folly of his unbelief and exclaimed,Β β€œMy Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). source

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