Saying 28: Jesus said, “I stood at rest in the midst of the world. And unto them I was shown forth incarnate; I found them all intoxicated. And I found none of them thirsty. And my soul was pained for the children of humankind, for they are blind in their hearts and cannot see. For, empty did they enter the world, and again empty they seek to leave the world. But now they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine then they will have a change of heart.”
Throughout the Gospel of Thomas, we begin to notice a pattern of repeating phrases that signify something deeper in a spiritual sense. Here, the idea of “standing” or saying “I stood…” is a metaphor for awakening. Because what is the first thing you do after you awaken from a long sleep? You stand up.