Thomas Touching Jesus’ Side Panel

Left side detail.

Center detail.

Right side detail.

2 Comments on “Thomas Touching Jesus’ Side Panel

  1. I hope I am commenting in the right place. I want to comment on Thomas touching Jesus’ side.
    I think your drawings are terrific. However, as I read the account in the Gospel according to John, Chapter 20:24-29, I do not see any reference to Thomas actually touching Jesus’ side. Rather, Jesus gives him permission to do so, and Thomas’ response is to answer hm, “My Lord and my God.” and then Jesus responds to him by saying, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen me and yet have come to believe.”
    My understanding of this is that for Thomas, seeing the risen Lord and being given permission to touch him was enough. He came to believe on seeing (and being in the presence of) the risen Christ.
    I also find a tie here to Your Moses painting “Moses in the Cleft” – since Moses was shielded from seeing all of God’s “glory” (i.e. his very Being or Essence) by God hiding him in the cleft of a rock and covering him with his hand. Then there is also the 1 Corinthians 13 passage, where Paul writes “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.” (vs.12) The point of the Moses in the cleft story is that to see God so fully is too much for a living person to bear, and will result in death (see Exodus 33:20).
    For Thomas, being in the presence of Jesus, seeing him, and hearing him was enough – he did not need to touch him.

    • Carol, Thank you for your comments. Your connection of the story of THomas with that of Moses is very interesting. I will have to spend some time on that. Also I welcome your Scriptural accountability. No doubt I do take many liberties with my work when it comes to scriptural accuracy/ literacy(?). I can only claim to be faithful to my submited imagination and intuition for the decisions that I make, and accept whatever consequences may await me. Sincerely, I thank you.

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