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A Special Meeting With Thomas
Thomas had missed Jesus appearing to the other disciples and despite their testimony to the fact, he refused to believe. Jesus kindly met his doubt.
A Special Meeting -- With Thomas
It was a Sunday night when the group of fearful, emotionally drained disciples had gathered together behind closed doors. Everyone but Thomas was there from their close knit group. Suddenly Jesus was in their midst. There had been no knock at the door. He was just there. Without delay Jesus showed them the holes in his hands, his feet and his sides. Then, to break their frozen expressions of shock he asked them for something to eat! Jesus appeared as alive as ever. God had raised him from the dead just as Jesus said he would. They didn’t understand it all, but they could see with their eyes that Jesus was back--- and eating!!
Had Thomas missed that important first meeting with Jesus because he was already hiving off from the group? Maybe in his mind things were over and it was time to move on. We do miss a lot when we neglect to meet with others for learning, prayer and worship. Ever since this time Thomas has been labeled the “doubter”. But maybe “skeptical” was more of what Thomas was. After all he really wasn’t asking for anything more than what the others had already seen.