John 20:26-29 says, ‘26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe. 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Once Jesus resurrected, it was women that spread the news of his resurrection. Maria and a few others first told the disciples of this news. Jesus’s disciples, Peter and John though they had not seen a resurrection before, ran to the tomb to verify the news. Later, Jesus appears to the disciples in a locked room when Thomas was not with them.
One week later…
Jesus came amidst the disciples in a locked room and Thomas was among them. Now Thomas had not believed this news when he heard it from the women and the disciples. Jesus looks at Thomas and tells him to touch his wounds and he tells Thomas to stop doubting and believe. Here the most important thing is Thomas’ reaction. He says “My Lord and my God!”. He did not call Jesus as Teacher or otherwise.
Though Thomas is often called doubting Thomas, if we look at it from another aspect we see that he wanted to personally see and experience the resurrected Jesus whom the other disciples saw and then believed. Thomas later came to Mylapore in Chennai and became a blood witness of Jesus Christ. This faith that Thomas displayed came from his confession which is “My Lord and my God!”.
What gave Thomas the assurance? How did the relationship change?
Jesus gave him whole for us. He gave up his entire self for you. When Thomas saw Jesus he believed and confessed that he was his Lord and God, and this is what changed his relationship.
Who is Jesus to you? What is your relationship with Jesus?
Jesus gave Himself entirely for us because He loved us. The two words Thomas used to call Jesus was “Lord” and “God”. The word ‘Lord’ in Greek is ‘Kurios’ and in Hebrew is ‘Adonai’ which means Master. In those times the Master completely possessed the slave. The slave had to obey his master and every aspect of him belonged to the Master. Here , Thomas was declaring to Jesus :’You are my Owner, you possess me’. It means Jesus had all authority over him.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, ‘19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.’
You are not your own. You are bought by Christ’s blood. It’s the same way as a Master who buys his slave. The Master’s likes and dislikes take precedence over the slave’s will. The Master’s wish is the slave’s commandment. When Thomas said, “My Lord and my God!”, he literally gives Jesus all the control to take over his life. Thomas lived with this conviction within him and came to India to save many and performed many miracles. It is the seeds of the Word of the Lord that was sowed in India years ago that has taken fruit now and touched the lives of millions of people.
Although Thomas had doubted initially, later he saw, touched and believed and it was on this basis that the foundation of a relationship was established with Jesus as Lord and Master.
Jesus has lordship over us and he bought us with his own blood. Our lives are not our own and it belongs to Jesus. This realization is important for each of us today.
Hebrews 1:3 says, ‘The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.’
Jesus is the visible form of the invisible God. He is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being. He sustains all things with his every word and purifies us from our sins. So we too must confess and declare along with Thomas that Jesus is our Lord and God.
Hebrews 3:1 says, ‘Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.’
Hebrews 4:14-15 says, ‘14 Therefore since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
Our relationship with Jesus depends on how we acknowledge Him and confess it .
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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