the Twelve Apostles (the doubting Thomas/ didymus)

Thomas appears in some passages in the Gospel of John. In John 11:16, when Lazarus has just died, the disciples are resisting Jesus’ decision to return to Judea, where Jesus’ fellow Jews had previously tried to stone him. Jesus is determined, and Thomas says bravely: “Let us also go, that we might die with him” (NIV).

He also speaks at The Last Supper.[Jn. 14:5] Jesus assures his disciples that they know where he is going but Thomas protests that they don’t know at all. Jesus replies to this and to Philip’s requests with a detailed exposition of his relationship to God the Father.

In Thomas’ best known appearance in the New Testament, [Jn. 20:24-29] he doubts the resurrection of Jesus and demands to touch Jesus’ wounds before being convinced. Caravaggio’s painting, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (illustration above), depicts this scene. This story is the origin of the term Doubting Thomas. After seeing Jesus alive (the Bible never states whether Thomas actually touched Christ’s wounds), Thomas professed his faith in Jesus, exclaiming “My Lord and my God!” On this account he is also called Thomas the Believer.

(source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_the_Apostle )

Thomas dikenal dengan “tomas yang tidak percaya”, tetapi buku Yohanes mencatat bbrp kejadian yang memperlihatkan sisi lain Tomas

Yoh 11:16 Tomas menunjukkan keberanian dan kesetiaan untuk mengikuti Yesus ke rmh Lazarus.  Padahal di pasal sebelumnya, Yesus baru saja kembali dari sana setelah dilempari batu oleh org2 yahudi.

Yoh 14:5 Tomas jujur dan bertanya kepada Yesus apa yang dia tidak mengerti

Yoh 20:24 Tomas absen ketika Yesus menampakkan kebangkitanNya kpd murid2 lain.  Tomas menjadi ragu, tapi Yesus menjawab keraguan Tomas dan menunjukkan tanganNya.

Yoh 20:28-29 Pengakuan iman tomas setelah melihat yesus

Yesus sangat personal dengan Tomas.  Dia tidak menyalahkan keraguan Tomas, tapi Dia menjawabnya.  Di dalam hidup kita, mungkin kita terkadang ragu terhadap Tuhan.  Jika kita punya hubungan yang personal dengan Tuhan, Tuhan akan menjawab doa2 kita spt Dia berkata kpd Tomas “blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed” amin

 

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