Yeshua said to his students: “What am I like for you?”

Simon Peter said to him: “You are like a just messenger.”

Matthew said: “You are like an especially wise philosopher.”

Thomas replied: “Teacher, I cannot even begin to say what you are like.”

Yeshua said: “Thomas it is no longer necessary
for me to be your teacher.
For you have drunk and have become intoxicated
at the bubbling spring that I have poured out.”

Then Yeshua took Thomas aside
and said three things to him in private.

When Thomas returned to his companions,
they asked him: “What did Yeshua say to you?”

Thomas answered: “If I tell you even one of the sayings
he said to me, you will pick up these rocks and stone me,
and then fire will come out of those stones and burn you up.”

Yeshua is something more than a “just messenger”, something greater than a “wise philosopher”.

What Thomas sees is that there are no words that can capture the mystery and truth of Yeshua. Confronted by the power embodied in this figure, all that can accurately be said is “I cannot even begin to say what you are like.” All comparisons are inadequate, all descriptions fall short.

It is the acknowledgement of the deep mystery at the core of life, that enables me to come more fully into relationship to this mystery. It is when Thomas faces the limitations of his knowledge that Yeshua takes him “aside” and speaks deep intimate words “to him in private.”

Until I have come to that place where I realize that thoughts and words cannot penetrate the deepest mysteries of life, I am not able to hear the words of truth that flow from that mysterious source.

Jesus expressed this in Matthew’s Gospel in the most graphic terms possible instructing his disciples that they should not,

give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you. (Matthew 7:6)

Until I am prepared to embrace the unknown mystery, my heart will never open enough to enter into the loving intimacy that Yeshua found with Thomas.


SOUL: Stop – Open – Unburden – Listen

How will I open deeply enough to hear the profound mystery that exists deeper than all human knowing?