When Jesus was 12 years old Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When they returned home he stayed behind but they didn’t notice at first because they thought he was somewhere among the group they have traveled with. It took them three days to discover he was gone and then return to Jerusalem to find him.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. (Luke 2:46,47)
You have probably heard the phrase “Doubting Thomas.” It originated with this incident in the life of Thomas, one of the twelve apostles.
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”
Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
All most people know of Thomas is that he wouldn’t believe Jesus had risen from the dead until he saw him with his own eyes. There is an earlier mention of Thomas that sheds more light on what he was like. Read the rest of this entry