By Lester Grant
Thomas was known as Didymus.
The word means “twin”. Whether he had a twin sister or
brother we do not know. He was a native of Galilee and
a fisherman by trade. The few Bible references we have
about him seem to signal him out as a questioner. Some
want to label him a “doubter,” but I personally see him more
as a practical man wanting facts for his beliefs. This
makes Tom special to me. I like to have the facts
about a thing before I accept it.
In John 14, Jesus is really drawing
a picture of heaven and making things seem unreal…so Thomas
just asks for more facts: “How can we know the way
when we do not know where you are going?”
Let me ask you, if you had been in
Thomas’s shoes and saw the Lord crucified as He was, without
any appeal, then someone told you He had been raised
alive…what would your first response be? Not so much doubt
as common sense, right?
He was a very dedicated
apostle. When Jesus was going to raise Lazarus from
the dead, they all warned Him about how the people would
probably kill him. When Jesus would not be stopped,
old Thomas said, “Let’s go with Him and die” (John 11:16;
See also John 14:5; 20:25.).
There was an apostle movement
eastward and some reference is that Thomas was in Babylon
and then to India . The Brachmans pursued him and
while he was in prayer they ran him through with darts,
stones, and dispatched him with a lance. His burial
place was Mylapore , India , now a suburb of Madras .
He is supposed to have been buried in one of the churches he
established. He was a fearless apostle and an
establisher of churches. I have been told many signs
of his work still exist in India . Thomas, as did all
the apostles, held true to the fact that the Church was, and
is, the most vital institution in the world, and if we are
to hold to the apostle’s teaching, we must emphasize the
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