Theology Tuesday: From Doubter to Devoted–the Apostle Thomas’ Conversion
On the first day of the week when Jesus rose from the dead, word got out that the women had not only seen the empty tomb (complete with the stone rolled back, knocked out guards, and an angel asking them why they were seeking the dead among the living—“He is not here, for He is risen!”—Luke 24:5). Peter and John came to the tomb, and Peter even went inside.
In John 20:19-23, they all saw Jesus—except for Thomas. When Jesus appeared to them, what were they doing? In verse 19, it says that the doors were locked. Why? If we were writing a story, the heroes of the story would be brave and strong! Here, the disciples—who had been with Jesus for three plus years, seen him do miracle after miracle and stand up to the opponents—had seen this man brutally executed on a Roman cross. Why? Simply because they did not like His influence. He had been sent from God as promised to deliver them from their sin and to give them life, but as another Scripture said, “He came unto His …read more