Praying the Resurrection (Thomas - Part 1)

The moments after the resurrection are some of the richest parts of the Gospels. The story of Thomas (the disciple who doubted in John 20:24-29) is often held up as confirmation of the resurrection by a doubting skeptic (Thomas), along with a promise of blessing for “those who have not seen and yet believed” (us). It’s easy to make this story entirely an issue of belief or disbelief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. But there’s much more going on here than just a yes/no check box next to the word "resurrection." John’s inclusion of Thomas’ encounter invites us to think about the nature of the resurrection. The nature of the resurrection can be a focal point of contemplation that continually moves us deeper into prayer – something beyond than a simple yes/no assertion. Pictures, so often, tell the tale in profound ways:


This icon of Thomas and the risen Christ calls us into the mysterious paradox of the resurrected Christ: Christ is wounded and resurrected at the same time.[1] Take a moment to pray through the implications of being wounded and resurrected at the same time – it's pretty scandalous when you think about it. Tomorrow we’ll walk/pray through some of those implications, both for us and the world around us.

[1] For more on the wounded/resurrected paradox, see Richard Rhor.

About the Author
Isaac Gaff is the Managing Director of Worship and Creative Arts at Calvary UMC