“Thomas” – John 20:24-29 – Pastor Bruce Lerum
“Unless I see the nail marks…” Thomas said.
We want to make “it” all about us.
John 20:25 But [Thomas] 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.”
We are not able to see what Thomas or the others saw.
We do, however, have the advantage of hindsight.
John 20:29 Then Jesus told [Thomas], “Because you have seen me, you have believed.”
Jesus commands us to stop doubting AND believe!
Faith removes all doubt.
John 20:27 Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, “…Stop doubting and believe.”
1. It appears that the other disciples and followers of Jesus belief that Jesus rose from the dead was helped by the evidence. Is there really such a major difference between Thomas believing and the way the others came to believe?
2. It is quite easy for us to make it all about “us.” Thomas said, “Unless I see the nail marks…” Envision the conversation of the disciples trying to convince Thomas that Jesus was alive. Is that any different than doing the same thing today? Why or why not?
3. We want proof of nearly everything. Why are we so skeptical?
4. In order to believe we must remove doubt. How do you do that?
5. Jesus says we must not doubt but believe. How does that happen? Is it a process? Is it instantaneous? Is it the same for everyone?