Restorer – Watercolor and Ink 11×15
Thomas, was the disciple who doubted the resurrection of Jesus. He said he wouldn’t believe Jesus was indeed risen unless he put his hands into the nail pierced hands and into the wound on the side of the Resurrected Christ. His words got him the name “doubting Thomas”. The Resurrected Christ did not let go of him, instead Jesus met with him in the company of other disciples and permitted him to test his hands and side and believe. Jesus, the restorer of faith, restored Thomas to Himself and stood by him through his doubt. The disciple immediately believed. His faith was fully restored to the point that he left the comfort of his known country and set sail to a foreign land, India. He was an eye witness of the Resurrected Christ and could no longer keep the news of the resurrection to himself. He traveled to Indian and lived there for almost 14 years. He shared the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection with the people there. It is believed He visited several parts of India and her neighboring countries with the good news of Jesus until He was martyred on present day St. Thomas Mount in Chennai, India. I grew up in Chennai and he was martyred in my neighborhood(4 miles from my home). Often I would think that it was quite possible that I was treading where his feet trod. What motivated a man to come die a martyr in an unknown land? Nothing but the restored love of His Savior who had conquered death and him. The risen Christ is the same today. He stands by our side, even in our moments of doubt. Let doubt not cause you to turn away from Him, instead, draw closer to Him and ask, He is faithful.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27