JOHN 20:27-28: Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger and behold my hands, and reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing And Thomas answered and said unto him, my Lord and my God.

These verses from the Gospel of John describe an appearance of Jesus to His disciples after His resurrection. He had revealed Himself to them before at a time when Thomas the

disciple was not present. Thomas had declared that he would not believe that Jesus was alive unless he could see Him with his own eyes.

When Thomas finally saw the resurrected Lord, he not only believed, but he also acknowledged Jesus as God in the flesh. This is one of the clearest statements in all the New Testament of the divinity of Jesus and His oneness with the Father.

Thomas, like all the other disciples of Jesus, had lived and worked with Him for about three years. They had walked with HIm among the people, observing His miracles and listening to His teachings on the kingdom of God. But they were slow to understand that Jesus was actually God come to earth in human form. Theologians call this the doctrine of incarnation, a word that derives from a Latin term, in carne, meaning “in flesh.”

As the God-man, Jesus is both the all-powerful Father, for whom nothing is impossible, and the man of sorrows, who can sympathize with us in our human weakness. He is the all-sufficient Savior.

Other names of God the Son that express His divinity and oneness with the Father are God Blessed for Ever (Romans 9:5), God Manifest in the Flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), God Our Saviour (1 Timothy 2:3), and True God (1 John 5:20).

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