John 20:28 – My Lord and my God
“My Lord and my God”
The phrase “My Lord and my God” is one many misinterpret to be indicating something that it isn’t. Theologians have said, The Apostle Thomas calls Jesus God: “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God” – John 20:28. When we intentionally isolate this one verse from its entire passage of scriptures (John chapter 20) , it’s done so as to present it incorrectly or out of context. We can only speculate as to why Thomas said what he said, but being dubbed “doubting” Thomas it is understandable that his statement was made in a moment of shock/disbelief (Jesus appearing out of nowhere), similar to someone saying “Oh my God” where did you come from? (even though you are not God).
Nonetheless, even those who do attempt to present doubting Thomas’ words out of context (My Lord and my God) they cannot honestly claim that the apostle John believed Jesus was God. When you continue reading the rest of his passage (John 20:30-31) it is clear from the authors’ writing (the Apostle John who was also present when this all took place), “these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God”, it was NOT written so you would believe Jesus was God.
John 20:27-31 –Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 30And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.