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07 April 2016 | by Richard Leonard

The story of Thomas has to be one of the most misunderstood in the New Testament Premium

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In the Easter season Thomas makes two notable appearances, one much more significant than the other. The gospel story about doubting Thomas has to be one of the most misunderstood episodes in the New Testament.

If you are like me, for years you may have been consoled by Thomas doubting that Jesus had been raised from the dead. We have been told that Thomas doubted Jesus. But if we read the story very carefully, we realise it is not Jesus that Thomas doubts, it is the disciples. In fact, when Jesus appears to them a week later, Thomas has the opportunity to share in the experience of the Risen Lord, and like the others he immediately confesses Easter faith. Indeed Thomas calls Jesus, “My Lord and my God”, which is one of the greatest claims made in the Gospels. History has been unfair. He should be remembered as “confessing Thomas”, not “doubting Thomas”. There are, however, three elements to the story from which we should take great comfort.





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