178. “Let us also go, that we may die with Him” (John 11:16).
Thomas’ sharp statement undermines the idea we’d like to have of him. We prefer to focus on his uncertainty, his reluctance to believe demonstrated later in his disbelief at the resurrection. But here, this “doubter” is ready to die for his Master. It seems his level of commitment and willing sacrifice is greater than we might imagine. He is “all in.” Lazarus is dead, Jesus will likely die, so let us die too. There’s nothing for us if the promises of Jesus come to an end. This is the heart of the true disciple. There’s no other way to go, no other idea to believe. Either Jesus leads us to life or He leads us to death.