Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more
In the first article I have introduced this topic, defined some words and written some of the people’s postulations and questions to show that Christ was not the person who has been killed.
As I continue in this article I will want us to see the person whose doubt clarifies or explains all doubts raised subsequently afterwards by people as we read from the book of John chapter 20:24-28.
“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
“The other disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
“Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (Joh. 20:24-29)
Many a one have criticized this young man, Thomas for doubting the resurrection of Jesus Christ as he has did here, but I discovered that his doubting the master’s resurrection have really answered a lot of questions raised by people, cleared their doubts, and cancel all wrong postulations.
I will want us to see some points of note from the bible verses written above.
1. He Was Not with the Brethren When Jesus Revealed Himself to Them
Thomas was not with the rest when Jesus Christ appeared unto them, he perhaps has been overtaken by the fear such that he lay low for his dear life like other apostles have done.
2. They Looked for him
After Jesus Christ’s appearance unto them, the brethren made it a point of duty to seek him out where he has gone hiding. This is what brethren should do unto other brethren, we need to make it a point of duty to look for others who perhaps have been overtaken by fear or something we do not know.
3. He Was Debriefed (or Updated)
On locating where he was, the brethren having met with the Lord briefed him of what has transpired how the Lord has appeared unto them and that their Lord indeed is risen.
4. He Shut Them Up
He patiently listened to their “fables” and would afterwards shut their mouths up by telling them that he will never believe such make up stories.
““The other disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (Joh. 20:25)
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5. Why He Shuts Them Up
He shuts up the mouth of his brethren by his unbelief by analyzing what happened which he saw.
i) At A Distance Watching: Though Fled the Scene with Others but he was standing at a far place and was observing what was happening to their master, how he was being beaten, molested and at the end of it all how he has been crucified.
“But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.” (Mat. 26:56)
ii) Presented Reasons for His Doubt: Thomas perhaps has few knowledge about body healing, he knows that platelets would be accumulated at the injured sites among other things that the body would release to promote the healing, therefore he told them that if they are undoubtedly certain that Jesus is risen indeed he will wait until he sees all those sites, and then would draw his own inference, and conclusions.
iii) Not Arguing: The other disciples having known what they known, having seen what they have saw needlessly argued with him on the subject matter. Argument leads to what is not expected in most cases, therefore, the brethren did not argue with him.
iv) Implored Him to Stay Close: The brethren perhaps would have instructed him that he should stay close to them and where they live because separating himself from them would not augur well for him.
6. They Could No Longer Defend Their Faith
When Jesus with them they were able to show forth the reasons for following him, for whenever anything happens that they cannot handle they will run to him but since he has been killed there is no reason for such again, thence he alongside others went hiding.
“And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
“Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
“And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
“Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
“And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, why could not we cast him out?
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (Mat. 17:14-21)
From this verse we shall see that they easily resort to him for counsel and to know where their weaknesses lie, but now that he has been arrested and killed, they do not have the tenacity to keep on holding on again, they do not have words with which to answer the enemies when the enemies attack them or ask them to show forth the reasons for their continue belief in Christ Jesus. This he essentially makes them also see as the reason for not being with them.
In the next article I shall continue with this exegesis.
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