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St Thomas was the great Apostle who came to a deep faith after initially doubting the reality of the Resurrection.

Read his story in one of my most popular posts, Doubting Thomas: John 20:19-31.

It is particularly instructive for our era when the topic of faith versus fact is debated daily with greater or lesser intelligence.

Dr Christopher Randolph has an excellent post on the meaning of this story with regard to John’s Gospel. Excerpts follow, more at the link:

In fact, if we were to break John’s Gospel into modern literary terms, we could say that the crucifixion is the climax  of his book but “My Lord and my God!” demonstrates the purpose of it all.  This is really what everything is pointing to.

Yes.  The cross is totally necessary for our salvation and so is His resurrection.  But Thomas’ proclamation nails the why.  Because Jesus is our Lord and our God, that any of it matters. Other people die and are resurrected in the Bible as miracles and signs of God’s power and glory.  Others even ascend to heaven.  Only Jesus does it all while paying the ultimate price for all of our sins in the process …

John intended that his Gospel be taken at face value. He is essentially telling us here at the end, “This is a little bit of what, personally, I witnessed and experienced as I lived and travelled with Jesus.  I know that Jesus is the Lord and our God.  He entrusted His own mother to my care.  I know what I’m talking about.”

Believe and be blessed.

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