April 8th 2018
JOHN 20:19-31 “MY LORD AND MY GOD”
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
- At some level all of us, like Thomas, have CONFLICTS of faith. These show up as doubt, disillusionment, disappointment, fear, sin, suffering, loneliness, failure, etc.
- Faith conflicts can be good if they awaken in us a spiritual HUNGER.
- When we hunger for God, JESUS COMES, and his first word to us is a blessing of hope!
"Peace be with you!” (May God give you every good thing.) vv.19, 21, 26
- Jesus commissions us to carry God’s message of forgiveness and hope to the world. vv.21-23
(Only God forgives sin, but we can give assurance to the truly repentant and we can point out that there is no forgiveness where there is no repentance.)
- Jesus gives the HOLY SPIRIT so we can carry God’s message. (This is a down payment)
- When Jesus shows up we are confronted with a CHOICE, either accept that life is found only through Jesus and join his mission, or reject him as an absurd character.
- Jesus draws us to himself where we are “seized by the power of a great AFFECTION!”
Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!” v.28