The Apostle in India

The Bible teaches us that the apostle Thomas was a doubting disciple.  When Jesus appeared after His resurrection before the disciples, apostle Thomas was not among them. John 20:25-27, 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 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.”

It is known that in AD 52 apostle Thomas arrived in India, Kerala. Before His ascension into heaven Jesus sent His disciples to the four corners of the world to spread his word, Mark 16:15, 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. In this manner apostle Thomas came to India having travelled the distant seas. The difficulties that apostle Thomas faced are beyond one’s imagination. The journey that apostle Thomas undertook to India  was something he had not prepared for since he didn’t know a land named India, its language or its people. We can certainly believe that the apostle Thomas arrived in India in accordance with the Lord’s plan. Who would believe a man who arrived suddenly one day to spread the word of the Lord? The time that he had come to India it was every way possible that he would suffer major injuries and suffering  and could even die for his mission. The question arises why did he then arrive in Kerala? 

The first miracle that apostle Thomas performed was near a water tank where the Hindu brahmins of Kerala were performing ablution to the Sun god by throwing water in the air and chanting vedic mantras. Seeing this action, apostle Thomas was amused and he inquired what they were doing.  When they informed him that they were performing worship to the Sun god, the apostle Thomas challenged them that if he made water from the tank to stop in the mid air would they then believe in the Lord he came to spread the word about. They agreed. He prayed to the Lord and made the water stop in the mid air. Seeing this miracle, the brahmins present there believed in the lord and were baptized by him there itself.  Another miracle performed by the apostle Thomas in Kerala was that he took a huge amount of money from a famous king who ruled at that time saying that he would build him a huge mansion.  But apostle Thomas used the money to help the needy and the poor.On hearing what the apostle Thomas had done the king was furious and had him imprisoned. After a few days the king’s brother died and on reaching heaven he saw that a beautiful golden mansion was built in heaven for his brother owing to the good deeds done in his name by the apostle Thomas. The king’s brother came back alive and shared this with the king who then set the apostle free and became a believer. 

Apostle Thomas has established more than seven churches in Kerala. The first church was established in Palayur, Kerala. In this way the Christians in Kerala came to be known as Marthoma Christians.  The mission which began with apostle Thomas arriving in Kerala continues till date. The question which arises in the mind now is how many people continue to walk in the same path which he undertook of faith and truth? Today it is all about comfort and convenience.  Faith has taken a backseat and everyone follows the path which the apostle showed us in tandem with one’s own personal comfort and convenience. 11 disciples of Jesus became Martyrs. Apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos which at that time was inhabited. Apostle Thomas was also martyred in Tamilnadu by the people there in Mylapore. He was stabbed from behind by a spear and died there. July 3rd is observed in India as the feast day of Saint Thomas remembering his sacrifice and his mission to spread the good news and the coming of the Lord.

Today along with me several people in India proudly say and believe that we have a living Lord. The Bible teaches us that the Heavenly Father loves the world so much that He gave his only son as sacrifice for our sins. John 3:16-18, 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Dear children of God, take a moment here to pause and think the Lord loved us so much that he gave His only Son for us. But how much love do we have for him? And how much do we really Express in our daily life for Him?  Dear Children of God, the blessings and salvation that we daily receive are desired by everyone. But just think how would they get what they desire if they have not heard the good news?  How will they believe without hearing? Let us all make an effort to spread the word of God and express our gratitude and adoration to apostle Thomas for having brought the good news to us all. Let us pray together that we too experience the power of the Holy Spirit, Pentecostal experience that the disciples had in the old days. May millions experience that glory and power. 

Amen

Romans 10:13-15, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!

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