Jn.20:24,25 – But Thomas, one of the twelve, who was called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

All of us have made mistakes in our lives, hopefully we have learned our lessons and will not go down the same paths again. Thomas is well known for his mistake, or maybe we have Thomas all wrong. We may have thought his mistake was his unbelief, you know, “I won’t believe unless I see the nail prints for myself”. But maybe doubt wasn’t the real problem that Thomas was dealing with. Maybe his big mistake was not being there that night in the first place. Maybe if he had been with the others he wouldn’t have slipped into the shadows of unbelief. Here is how Barclay describes Thomas.

“He made one mistake. He withdrew from the Christian fellowship. He sought loneliness rather than togetherness. And because he was not there with his fellow Christians, he missed the first coming of Jesus. We miss a great deal when we separate ourselves from the Christian fellowship and try to be alone. Things can happen to us within the fellowship of Christ’s Church which will not happen when we are alone. When sorrow comes and sadness envelops us, we often tend to shut ourselves up and refuse to meet people. That is the very time when, in spite of our sorrow, we should seek the fellowship of Christ’s people, for it is there that we are likeliest of all to meet him face to face.”

These last two years many have made the same mistake Thomas made, the times got tough and they decided not to show up. Sometimes following that path of least resistance gets us into more trouble than the trouble we were trying to avoid. Is it possible that faith resides in the fellowship of other believers? I believe it does. I believe faith and ultimately courage is forged in the gathering of the saints. Thankfully the Lord never gave up on Thomas and He certainly won’t give up on you. If you have been away from God’s people maybe its time to just go back to Church. That’s exactly where Jesus will show up.

2 thoughts on “THE MISTAKE OF THOMAS”

  1. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed” Jesus was seeing way ahead to all those who believe by faith. Our believing is like seeing. A relationship based on faith. I need to touch Jesus after His resurrection daily. I believe Thomas followed the directions of Jesus, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe” Thomas was given a directive to reach out and touch the glorified body of Jesus. To be in Christ.

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