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Thomas had questions, and Jesus answered them

Posted Apr 19, 2017

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Daily Scripture

John 20:24-29

24 Thomas, the one called Didymus [or the twin], one of the Twelve, wasn’t with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger in the wounds left by the nails, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.”

26 After eight days his disciples were again in a house and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus entered and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!”

28 Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Jesus replied, “Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.”

Did You Know?

The message of Easter offers great hope and joy—but like Thomas, many of us can also have significant questions. We have two options after Easter to help you dig more deeply into the Christian faith. You can join a Sunday morning study of Pastor Hamilton’s book Creed, starting April 23. Click here to learn more about this helpful study. Spring sessions of the Alpha course start on Monday evening, April 24 or Wednesday morning, April 26. Clicking here will show you how to register for Alpha.

Reflection Questions

On Sunday evening, Jesus appeared to the hiding, frightened disciples and said, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). When Jesus “showed them his hands and his side” (verse 20), they believed he was alive. Thomas was not with them, and wouldn’t take their word for it. Eight days later, Jesus showed himself to Thomas. As it did for Mary in the garden, the presence of his clearly-alive Lord overcame all of Thomas’ doubt.

  • John started his gospel with the words, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). It was not until nearly the end of the story that “doubting” Thomas became the first person in the entire book to fully get that, and address Jesus directly as “God.” Will you join Thomas in worshiping and serving Jesus as “My Lord and my God”?
  • In verse 29, Jesus said, “Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.” This was not to shame Thomas, but to encourage all future believers. We cannot see Jesus the way the disciples did, but we can see Jesus working through others, and “hear” him speak to our heart as we read the Bible and sense his impact on our lives. Where have you seen Jesus at work lately? How can you help someone else see him?

Prayer

Lord Jesus, speak to me and through me. Give me a heart sensitive to your presence and attuned to listen to and share your inner voice. Amen.

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Steven Blair

Steven Blair

Steven Blair is the Congregational Care Pastor of Live Forward and Live Well Emotional Wellness Ministry at Church of the Resurrection.

What evidence do you need to believe in the resurrection of Jesus?

This question can put us on our heels. For some, no 'evidence' can persuade us. For others, we might assume we already 'believe' the resurrection of Jesus took place yet our belief might be passive. 

People have different learning styles at school and can have different styles in faith as well. Using your mind - Consider that the Christian movement only makes sense if Jesus was resurrected, since a dead Messiah would be a failed Messiah otherwise. Using your heart - Look to see ways that God is still surprising and changing lives around you. 

Thomas has to place his hands in Jesus' wounds in order to believe in the resurrection of Jesus. What do you need to believe, put your complete trust, in Jesus' resurrection being true?

Easter happened. Easter happens. 

See? Feel?

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