Have you ever had to battle a reputation for something or been given a nickname that has unfortunately stuck? Are you known as someone who always trips over or who never catches the ball because of that one time you dropped it when everyone was watching?
On Sunday, Pamela challenged us to see the value that can be found in our doubt and questioning when we approach it well, but she also did a great job of righting Thomas’ reputation. After the sermon, I went back and read through the New Testament where he is mentioned. I was especially taken with what happens when Jesus is told of the death of Lazarus. He makes the decision to go back to Bethany and Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters (John 11). The disciples are in disbelief, 8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” When Jesus answers them and lets them know that he is indeed going back, it is Thomas who responds in vs 16, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
Why didn’t we call him Thomas the Brave or Thomas the True?
In our speed to give him the ‘doubting Thomas’ title, we are also so quick to forget what he did before or after. I think of him here, faithful to be with Christ in this life or in death! And once shown those pierced hands so quick to call him ‘My Lord and my God’. ‘Thomas the True’ indeed!