Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though 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; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
From Genesis to Revelation God announces himself as “I am.” The depth and breadth of this name is beyond our human imagination. The prophet Isaiah tells us that the people who walk in darkness have seen a great light—a child, a son who has many names. The disciples were well-aware of the scriptural names assigned to God coming in the flesh. We, too, see and hear the familiar names and yet, like Thomas, we doubt. As one of the twelve, Thomas witnessed first-hand the many miracles of Christ. He heard Jesus’ words of death and resurrection. He was not present when Jesus first appeared to the disciples. When they told him that they had been with Jesus, he demanded physical proof. Jesus appears again and invites Thomas to touch his side. He invites him to believe. Thomas responds, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas finally recognizes that, standing before him, is the One with all power and authority, the name above all other names.
Have we witnessed miracles? Do we feel God’s presence? Are we able to be still and know, just know, that God is right here by our side? Does God condemn those who doubt or does He invite us to reach out and touch? May this Advent season remind us of the many names we have for our incarnate God. May we rest like Thomas in the proof that He is real and dwells among us to this day.
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