Is Jesus God?

May 14, 2018 Bethel Admin

~by Dave Kinsey

While theologians could—and have—written volumes arguing whether or not Jesus is God, the testimony of Thomas the disciple seems to provide a simple and sure answer.

Perhaps you will remember that Thomas was not with the other disciples the first time the resurrected Jesus appeared to them. That fact is recorded for us in John’s Gospel chapter 20 verse 24. When the rest of the Twelve told him, “We have seen the Lord,” Thomas said, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” John 20:25

Eight days later Thomas was with the rest of the disciples when Jesus appeared to them again. Speaking directly to Thomas, Jesus said, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” John 20:27 Evidently Thomas was convinced even without touching Jesus. He answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:28, emphasis mine

Some have argued that Thomas was merely using an expletive, as many people do when they exclaim, “OM_!” There are at least two reasons why this argument doesn’t hold water. In the first place, as a Jew with a high reverence for Jehovah’s Name, Thomas would not have uttered this blasphemy. Nor did Jesus reprimand him for it, which surely He would have done if Thomas had taken His Father’s Name in vain. Secondly, Jesus did not correct Thomas. Even if Jesus was only a good man or a godly man, He would not have accepted Thomas’ acclamation without correcting him if He was not truly God.

I think that, if for no other reason than to give us a simple and sure answer to the question, “Is Jesus God?” this encounter of Thomas with the risen Jesus was included in John’s Gospel. What do you think?