Thomas: Close to Jesus
When Jesus is taken off the cross at Golgotha, THOMAS arrives there. Like most of the other disciples, he had worriedly taken refuge with friends in Jerusalem after Jesus’ arrest. After Jesus’ burial, the disciples decide to leave Jerusalem quickly, but Thomas refuses to leave Jesus’ body behind, as he fears that the tomb may be desecrated. When MARY MAGDALENE tells the disciples that the resurrected Jesus has appeared to her, they are all convinced of his God-like nature apart from Thomas. He sets off to look for the corpse. Thomas still has his doubts even when the disciples tell him that Jesus appeared to them, too. Therefore, he meets a legionary who pretends to know where the body can be found. The man leads Thomas into the catacombs for money # but the corpse he shows him is someone else’s. Thomas is told to announce to the others that he has seen Jesus’ corpse, and put an end to the belief in resurrection once and for all. When Thomas refuses to do so, a life-or-death struggle ensues. Torches fall from the walls, transforming the underground labyrinth into a sea of flame, and Thomas saves the soldier’s life. Out of gratitude, the man sends him to see his superior LONGINUS, who was rejected from the army as a “madman” and almost beaten to death. Longinus now tells Thomas how he witnessed the resurrection. This doesn’t convince Thomas either. In despair he starts to reproach himself to Joanna, saying because of his doubts he can no longer be a worthy disciple of Jesus. But Joanna takes him back to the disciples. Then Jesus appears to all of them and convinces Thomas of the resurrection. Overjoyed, Thomas is now prepared to spread the Christian faith.
“Thomas: Close to Jesus” is another film in this particular series which explores Biblical times as well as non-documented areas in the life of famous Bible characters, in this case Thomas the disciple of Jesus. For example, the film features speculative scenes in which the disciples including Thomas argue with one another. Another example of a non-documented scene features a prostitute coming to Thomas although he turns her down.
Apparently based on surmise and perhaps some tradition, this film might indeed give a viewer more of an insight into what it was like to be a disciple of Jesus. We are awarding this film our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus. Watch this one to see if you can locate scenes not mentioned in the Bible.