by Wayne Blank
Despite the label that has been put on him, Thomas was not lacking in courage or loyalty. When the other disciples tried to keep Jesus from going to Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead (Lazarus' tomb is shown in the photograph at right) because of the danger from those in the area who had just earlier tried to stone Him (John 11:8), Thomas said to them, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him." (John 11:16 RSV)
It was Thomas who asked The Lord one of the most famous questions in The Bible:
"Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going; how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am The Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." (John 14:5-6 RSV)
Thomas was not present when The Lord first appeared to some of the apostles after His Resurrection from The Tomb, and when told of His appearance, his response earned him the nickname, "Doubting Thomas," that has lasted already nearly 2,000 years:
"Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord."
It is not written what eventually happened to Thomas, however one tradition holds that he traveled widely through the east, spreading the Gospel through Parthia, Persia, and India - where he was one day martyred with a spear. See also What Happened To The Apostles?
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