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I Am Thomas

Thomas, the disciple of Jesus, is best known for doubting Jesus’ resurrection and appearance. Not a good thing to be famous for, is it? But what if there’s so much more to the story? What if there’s a reason behind Thomas doubting Jesus, which will lead you to be more empathetic? Take a look at this setting: Israel, under the rule and oppression of the Roman Empire, had suffered a great deal, leading many Jews to detest the empire and anyone who swore loyalty to it. Then came Jesus who appeared to be the promised Messiah that would save Israel. Naturally, under these circumstances, it wouldn’t be surprising if people believed that Jesus would free Israel from the Romans, and then establish a new physical kingdom for the Jews. After all, wasn’t this the way that God, in the past, had used judges/prophets to save and restore Israel? After what was considered a triumphant entry into Jerusalem where Jesus was proclaimed the Son of David, Jesus’ death was a huge blow that dashed many hopes. …