Jesus began to appear to his disciples after He had been raised from the dead.
We saw a few weeks ago how he appeared to Mary Magdalene, then to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and last then to the Eleven minus one who were hiding in a locked room for fear of the Jews.
Their grief, sorrow, perplexity, and their fear had been radically changed to hope, joy, insight, and boldness as they began to proclaim that they had seen the Lord.
Today, we look at Thomas, one of the disciples who wasn’t present when the other apostles had been visited by the risen Jesus in John 20:24-31.
Absent and Obstinate (John 20:24-25)
A. Thomas wasn’t there last week.
B. The other disciples kept telling Thomas, “We have seen the Lord.”
C. Thomas was obstinate that “Unless I see, and place…I will never believe.”
Jesus appears and removes all doubt.
A. Eighty days later the disciples were behind locked doors again.
B. Jesus appeared again.
C. Peace be with you.
D. Jesus addressed Thomas directly.
Put your finger here, see my hands, place it in my side.
2. Stop being unbelieving, but believing.
Thomas’ great confession (v.
A. Thomas answered Jesus,
Quote: The most unyielding sceptic has bequeathed to us the most profound confession.
D. A. Carson, The Gospel according to John, The Pillar New Testament Commentary (Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; W.B. Eerdmans, 1991), 659.
Most frequently translated as Lord, Owner, and Master
"One who is in a position of authority” (BDAG)
2. My God
For a devout Jew to affirm that any man standing in front of him is ‘God’ is unthinkable!
B. Jesus affirms a blessing on believers.
#5 Below is an addendum that I will probably not exegete but may use in a closing invitation!
The purpose of John’s gospel
A. Jesus did many other things not written in John’s gospel
B. This brief account exists so that people may believe:
1. Jesus is the Christ
2. Jesus is the Son of God
3. By believing in Jesus, people will have life in Jesus’ name.