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Thomas (and The Matter of Doubting)

History has nicknamed him “doubting Thomas” but does this apostle deserve to be singled out? Is the special nickname justified? Perhaps the answer could be yes and no. Thomas did doubt the resurrection of the Lord. That incident can be found in John 20:19-29, but according to Luke 24 the other apostles doubted, too.


In that chapter you may remember the two disciples who encountered Jesus on the road to Emmaus and whose eyes were opened. After sharing a meal with Him they immediately went to Jerusalem and told the eleven what they had just witnessed. Luke 24:36-43 says:

“Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

40 When He had…

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