Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
John 20:28 ESV
The account of “doubting Thomas” is a Sunday School classic. Though being one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, Thomas wrestled to believe the truth of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. In fact, he boldly declared that unless he could touch Christ’s wounds with his own hands he would not believe that Jesus was really alive.
Jesus, of course, shows up eight days later to give Thomas the proof that he sought.
Just as the birth of Christ is meaningless without understanding the cross, Jesus’ death is pointless without His resurrection. If on the cross Jesus was bruised, the serpent’s head is crushed during Christ’s resurrection.
By conquering death, Jesus gave us reason to hope in His conquering of death for us as well.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. // 1 Corinthians 15:17
Thomas immediately realizes implications of Jesus’ resurrection by calling Jesus his Lord and God.
By calling Jesus Lord, Thomas declares that Jesus is his ruler (or master) and that he is Jesus’ servant (or slave).
Thomas then explicitly calls Jesus his God. For a Jew to proclaim divinity to a man was absolutely unthinkable, so for Thomas to risk such blaspheme can only mean that he became thoroughly convinced that Jesus is God.
Take time to reflect upon the words of Thomas. Is Jesus your Lord and God as well? If so, what implications does that thought have upon how we understand 1 Corinthians 6:19-20?