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Christmas Through The Eyes Of The Open Tomb (3 of 4)
Series: Do You See What I See?
INTRODUCTION: This is in the context of the first day of Christ's resurrection. There are at least 5 resurrection appearances of our Lord in that 1st day of the week. Mary Magdalene, the other women, Peter, 2 Emmaus Road disciples, and the 10 disciples, minus Thomas. The next Sunday, the disciples met again and Thomas was with them. As a result of Thomas' absence, he made some pretty outlandish challenges concerning Christ. Because of this, the other accounts, Thomas inherited the name, "Doubting Thomas."
Question: Where was Thomas? Why was he not present? First of all "Thomas" (Aramaic) and "Didymus" (Greek) both mean twin. We don't know who his twin was, but sometimes I feel as if I might be his twin. How often we have refused to believe and have insisted that God prove Himself to us?
Thomas was probably disappointed, defeated or discouraged and stayed away. Sound familiar? Solitude only fuels discouragement, disappointment and helps it grow into self-pity, which is even worst.
Thomas has proved to be a courageous man that was full of devotion to Christ; Note Lazarus' death.
"'And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.'" Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "'Let us also go, that we may die with Him.'"
John 14:5 reveals that Thomas was a spiritually minded man who wanted to know the truth and was not ashamed to ask a question.
"Thomas said to Him, "'Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?'"
Good Word: Even though we call him "Doubting Thomas," Jesus did not rebuke him for his doubts. He rebuked him for his unbelief.
John 20:27 "Do not be unbelieving, but
Doubt is often an intellectual problem: we want to believe, but the f ...
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