Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, is widely labeled as the doubting disciple. But not many pay attention to the fact that he was humble and inquisitive at the same time.
So you can call him a humble questioner rather than the widely held unpalatable appellation, “the doubting Thomas.” You will see the reason in this post.
Thomas, the questioner, Jesus the Way…
A questioner is “a person who asks questions, especially in an official context” (Cambridge Dictionary).
That description suits the person of Thomas because in several instances in the Bible, we see him ask Jesus some questions when they mattered most.
And in all the cases, they paid off well for him (and for us too), because every time Thomas opened his mouth to say something, we would learn something from the responses that would follow.
One of the greatest declarations Jesus ever made in His lifetime on Earth was this:
… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me – John 14:6.
That statement alone sets Christianity light years apart from the so-called other religions of the world.
Do you know that it was Thomas that asked the all-important question that gave rise to that mind-blowing revelation by Jesus?
Read the conversation here John 14:3-5
Jesus: “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
It was in response to that question from Thomas that Jesus said, “I am the Way to God, none other except me.”
Imagine the audacity of Jesus in making that eternal declaration. He either meant every word in that statement or He was an imposter.
But you can be sure that Jesus is the One He said He is: the Only Way to God!
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Thomas, a man of humility
Thomas put his humility on display when he asked Jesus some questions in order to learn.
He was not ashamed to ask for clarification when he did not understand what Jesus said. That’s shows that he was a humble person, because he did not allow his ego to get in the way.
At a critical point in time, Jesus had announced to His disciples that He was going away from them, speaking indirectly of His impending death, expected resurrection and subsequent ascension to Heaven.
“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know” John 14:3-4.
That puzzling speech from the lips of Jesus proved too hard for the bewildered disciples to fully comprehend. Yet they all (except Thomas) kept their ominous peace without asking further questions.
Jesus apparently had assumed that His disciples knew where He was going to when He told them He would be going away from them. But the didn’t.
It was Thomas who bailed out the disciples by humbly saying to Jesus,
“Master, we don’t even know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
To which Jesus replied:
“… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
If Thomas had not asked that question, Jesus might not have had the awesome opportunity to declare that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life: the ONLY way to God.
I hope you can see that there is more to the man Thomas the Disciple than you have been made to believe. History has labelled him a doubter.
But truth be told, Thomas was more than a doubter. He was a good questioner and a humble man who asked relevant questions that elicited great revelations from the lips of the Master Jesus.
What is your impression about Thomas, the disciple?