- Now Thomas (called Didymus) one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came (John 20:24).
Things happen when you’re not there. Can you imagine being absent on the Day of Pentecost or somehow missing this key moment, when the resurrected Jesus walked into the room? Thomas, the deep feeling, apparently melancholy disciple had some reason for missing this gathering and what a loss that proved to be. Now this may not be a fair argument for perfect church attendance, but surely we can see that whatever priority Thomas had placed above this meeting, surely turned out to be a misplacement. Jesus came and Thomas wasn’t there.