I’m sure we’re all familiar with the doubting Thomas story. Thomas didn’t believe the other disciples saw Jesus and he said he wouldn’t believe unless he put his fingers into Jesus’ wounds. Well what if I were to tell you that Thomas never touched Jesus? That every time you heard that story from a preacher that he was wrong. That every time you read that story you assumed he touched Him. Don’t throw that rock and call me a heretic just yet. 🙂 Read for yourself..
John 20:24-29 (KJV)
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, [Thomas] was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him,, My LORD and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou has believed: blesssed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Jesus offered for him to touch His wounds but Thomas answered and said “My Lord and my God”. Jesus says he believed because he saw. Nowhere does it say he touched Him.
Whether Thomas touched him or not doesn’t change the meaning of the story and it may not seem like a big deal. But what actually makes this a big deal is that we have (unwittingly) added to God’s Word – something Jesus warns against. If we are not careful in our reading and if we make assumptions, we may lead ourselves into a false belief over something much larger than Thomas.