From my reading in John 11:1-29 in the One Year New Testament.
One phrase that inspires me was said by one of the disciples who kind of gets a bad wrap. You know him as “Doubting Thomas.” The same man who is so famous for doubting after Jesus resurrection displayed courage.
Jesus was about to go Judea where a few days ago people were trying to stone him. The disciples tried to convince him not to go but Christ’s mind was made up. Here was Thomas’ inspiring response.
Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go, too—and die with Jesus.” John 11:16
Ironically we know that Thomas and the rest of the disciples actually scattered when the time came to dye with Jesus. Here’s some questions for us.
Are you willing to make sacrifices to follow Jesus?
Do you have the willingness of Thomas to lay down your life for Him?
Tradition tells us that Thomas did end up dying for Jesus. It is said that Thomas was the first person to take the gospel to India and died there serving Jesus.
For some of us the idea of dying for Jesus sound very romantic and exciting. In a way dying for Jesus is the greatest honor bestowed upon a Christian. Those who fait fully endure till death will be rewarded greatly in heaven.
But living for Jesus day to day is in someways harder, because we have to die to ourselves and sacrifice in many ways to glorify God and advance his kingdom.
Weather it is literal or spiritually dying to ourselves let us be willing to say with Thomas,