We pass on knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next through a tradition process. When it comes to teaching our children and others to understand the Bible, that process requires using our own words to explain God's words. Jesus warns religious teachers to avoid the sin of replacing God's words with our words. We must be sure our hearts are always loyal only to God, to worship him in our teaching.
Pilate's palace guard soldiers mocked Jesus by "worshiping" him. They crowned him, robed him like a king, gave him a scepter, bowed to him, and hailed him as king. But they did not mean it. These things give disciples of Jesus pause: is it possible that our own worship of Jesus in fact mocks him?
John's story of "Doubting" Thomas teaches Christians the natural and spiritual response to an encounter with the risen Jesus. This challenges us as the Church to be the kind of Christians in whom others encounter Jesus and worship God.