Jesus Said : "... I have cast a fire upon the world, and I rekindle it until it burns." Gospel of Thomas, 10
The Gospel of Thomas was among the Qumran manuscripts found at Nag Hammadi in 1947. Unlike the other more well known Gospels of the New Testament it is neither a collection of parables nor a story. It is, rather, a collage of sayings, 114 of them in all. Some are short, others longer but through all of them there is a picture of a very different Jesus of Nazareth than the traditional one seen in the canonical gospels contained within the New Testament.
The main focus of the Gospel of Thomas is on the things Jesus said rather than the things he did, it is a Gospel of words instead of one of actions and like many of the more gnostic gospels it is a Gospel of secret teachings, in this case, ones pictured as being given by Jesus to Didymus Judas Thomas, a disciple. Here Thomas is not seen as the doubter but rather is portrayed as the one disciple who truly saw Jesus as he was. He is depicted as being Jesus 'special disciple.'
"...Thomas said to him, "Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like." Jesus said, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended..." Gospel of Thomas, 13
Scholars differ on when exactly the Gosel of Thomas was written with some placing it in the 1st Century CE and others as late as mid second century, it has been considered in its time to be canonical, heretical, gnostic and, until recently, was thought to be lost but since its rediscovery in the late 1940s it has come to be seen by some as another, earlier, arguably clearer picture of Jesus Christ.
Find yourselves a copy of this Gospel, there are a number about, and treat yourselves to it. It contains riches for the soul and healing for the spirit.