What did Thomas Expect?

What did Thomas Expect?

nat-cathedral-mosaic2-medium A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”                                                                                                             John 20:29


What was Thomas thinking

when he heard that Jesus was alive again,

after the crucifixion?

Did he imagine Jesus still grimacing

in pain, his hands still dripping with blood?


(these kind of dystopian images seem to be popular now.)


Did he expect Jesus to be out to exact revenge

on Pilate, Caiaphas and all the rest;

to berate Peter for leaving him and rail

at the other disciples for abandoning him

in his time of need?


Jesus proved to be just what Thomas needed,

but wasn’t fully aware in the moment,

… an Oasis of peace in a tempest-torn world;

a safe port in a storm.


Jesus was what he had always been, filled

with life, love, forgiveness and friendship,

deeper and more real than he ever knew before.


It made Thomas think some more about who

this Jesus was, and he was forever changed

in the encounter.


I wonder where and how this

newly Risen Jesus will be meeting you?


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