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The Wisest Fool (13 of 16)
Thomas-The Man Who Was Not There
That is the last beatitude of our Lord. In the Sermon
on the Mount He said: "Blessed are ye, when men shall
. . . persecute you"; "Blessed are the peacemakers";
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after
righteousness"; and "Blessed are the pure in heart."
Now you must add this last beatitude to the others.
His ministry of humiliationand reconciliation over,
before He is received up into glory Christ says to His
disciples: "Blessed are they that have not seen, and
yet have believed."
The two disciples, Cleopas and his unnamed companion,
with whom Jesus had talked on the road to Emmaus, and
to whom He had revealed Himself by the breaking of
bread, had hurried back to Jerusalem and went at once
to the chamber where they knew the apostles would be
meeting. They were met with the word that Christ was
risen and had appeared to Peter. They replied with
their own great tidings that He had made their hearts
burn within them on the road to Emmaus, and that He
had revealed Himself to them by the breaking of bread
and then vanished out of their sight. While they are
excitedly and with rejoicing telling the great tidings
and wondering where next and to whom next their Lord
will appear, suddenly Jesus stands in the midst of
them, and, lifting His hands over them, says, "Peace
be to you." And "then were the disciples glad"; and
that gladness has never yet faded out of the world,
and never will fade away, until we shall behold Him in
The Absent Thomas
But there was one of the disciples, Thomas, who was
not there. As if he was surprised at it, John takes
particular pains to note that fact. "But Thomas, one
of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when
Jesus came." Together with Peter, Andrew, John, and
Judas, Thomas is one of the five most sharply etched
characters among the twelve apostles ...
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