John 20:28 – July 3, 2021

Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:28 NABRE           

In a scene after Jesus’ death and resurrection the disciples are together and Jesus appears to them for a second time. In His first appearance Thomas is missing and doubts that it was Jesus the others have seen. Thomas tells them He will touch the places of Jesus’ wounds before He will believe Jesus is alive. But, when Jesus does appear a second time Thomas comes to believe immediately, and reverently says, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas connects Lord and God recalling the naming of God as Lord God. We can read this naming in the Hebrew Scriptures, as in “my God and my Lord” (Psalm 25:23.) Calling Jesus Lord Thomas is not only claiming Him as Master but a deity, divine and equal to God. It would be great to have more of Thomas’ thinking; for example is this the first time Thomas thinks of Jesus as lord, and is it because Jesus is risen from the dead. Thomas identifies the risen Jesus with the Lord God, Yahweh Himself. For a Jew this is a great leap, Jews are monotheistic and have only one God. Thomas looks and sees his God before him. God is Almighty, in the heavens and out of reach of the common Jew. God speaks through prophets and priests and other leaders. But now Thomas believes God is standing before him. This scene can leads us to seeking a personal relationship with God. 

It is a great development of faith, being with Jesus the human and now seeing the Lord God, Jesus has become Christ and is Universal. Jesus says He is to be glorified and this may be a sign of that glorification, Jesus the human returns as Christ the God. This transition happens instantly for Thomas and it should be something we understand. Say it as a prayer whenever you can, “My Lord and my God! 

Do you see Jesus as Lord and God? Do you pray, “My Lord and my God?”

It is a great development of faith, being with Jesus the human and now seeing the Lord God, Jesus has become Christ. Jesus is glorified, the human returns as Christ the God. We can pray it, 'My Lord and my God!' Click To Tweet

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