Jesus and Thomas (Jn 20:27-20:27)

“Then Jesus

Said to Thomas.

‘Bring your finger here!

See my hands!

Reach out

Your hand!

Put it in my side!

Do not doubt!

But Believe!’”

εἶτα λέγει τῷ Θωμᾷ Φέρε τὸν δάκτυλόν σου ὧδε καὶ ἴδε τὰς χεῖράς μου, καὶ φέρε τὴν χεῖρά σου καὶ βάλε εἰς τὴν πλευράν μου, καὶ μὴ γίνου ἄπιστος ἀλλὰ πιστός.

John uniquely said that Jesus said to Thomas (εἶτα λέγει τῷ Θωμᾷ) to bring his finger there (Φέρε τὸν δάκτυλόν σου ὧδε).  He was to see his hands (καὶ ἴδε τὰς χεῖράς μου).  Jesus wanted Thomas to reach out his hand (καὶ φέρε τὴν χεῖρά σου) to put it into his side (καὶ βάλε εἰς τὴν πλευράν μου).  He told Thomas not to be a doubter (καὶ μὴ γίνου ἄπιστος), but a believer (ἀλλὰ πιστός).  Jesus challenged Thomas to bring his hands and fingers to put into his hands and his side.  Thus, he could become believing Thomas instead of doubting Thomas.  How do you resolve your doubts?

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