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Thomas

His character exudes through the text of [[John’s gospel]]. When the [[Lord]] resolved to go to [[Judea]] to heal [[Lazarus]] against the warning by the other disciples that the [[Jews]] wanted to [[stone]] him, Thomas exhibited both pessimism and intense loyalty when he said, “Let us also go, that we may die with him” (11:16). When Jesus assumed that the disciples knew the way to the Father’s house, Thomas was honest and forthright enough to confess openly his ignorance, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” (14:5). The dull and imperfect understanding of Thomas provided Jesus an opportunity to disclose more truth about Himself (14:6, 7). For some reason, perhaps melancholic and disillusioned, Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them on the evening of the resurrection (20:24, 25). When told that they had seen the Lord, he refused to be convinced of the reality of Jesus’ resurrection unless he could see and touch the tangible