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John 20:24-29

John 20:24-29

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Sermon: Skepticism to Deep Faith
Bible Passage: John 20:24-29

I.  Some introductory information:

1. Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb close to Golgotha, where He was crucified
2. Because Jesus’ close associates could not do the final rites on Jesus’ body before the burial, they wanted to do it soon after the end of the Sabbath
3. Upon their arrival to the tomb where Jesus’ body was buried, they found out that His body was not in the tomb
4. Divine messengers informed those who had come to the tomb that Jesus rose from the death and is alive
5. The disciples responded to this message with mixed emotion
6. Jesus personally appeared to a few of His followers—one of them was Mary Magdalene
7. Jesus asked her to announce this message to Jesus’ disciples (John 20:17-18)
8. Jesus’ disciples rejoiced over the message and meeting with the Resurrected Jesus (20:20)
9. When Jesus met with His disciples, Thomas was missing from the meeting (20:24)
10. When Thomas heard about Jesus’ resurrection and personal appearances, he would not believe—skeptical (verse 25)

a. Sarcastic: “Let us go too, so that we may die with him (cf. 11:16)
b. Frustrated: Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” (14:5)
c. Skeptic/realist: “Unless I see the wounds from the nails in his hands and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it!” (20:25)

11. Thomas represents many of us

II. Now to the passage

1. “On the eight day” i.e., the second Sunday after resurrection (verse 26)
2. The disciples including Thomas had gathered in a house (verse 26)

a. They locked their room from inside
b. The narrator does not tell why they had gathered in this room/house
c. Thomas who was skeptical about Jesus’ resurrection was also present
d. He was with the group of Jesus-followers who were: deserters, betrayers, and deniers

3. Resurrected Jesus appears to them inside the house (verse 26)

a. These disciples: deserted Him, betrayed Him, and denied Him
b. But still Jesus visited with them with greetings “Peace to you”

4. Jesus reaches out to Thomas the skeptic (verse 27)

a. Jesus did not want Thomas to remain a skepticism
b. Jesus asks Thomas to touch him with his fingers and hands (verse 27)

5. Jesus tells Thomas, “Do not remain an unbeliever, but be a believer” (verse 27)

a. Unbeliever of Jesus’ resurrection
b.  Unbeliever of Jesus’ Person
c. Unbeliever of the testimony of the disciples and Mary Magdalene (verse 18)
d. Unbeliever of Christian gatherings (he was absent from the previous one; amateurish believer)

6. Three surprises to Thomas on this day:

a. Jesus resurrected
b. Jesus came to see him, a skeptic
c. Jesus is not upset with him because he doubted Jesus’ resurrection

7. When Jesus reached out to Thomas, his faith was revived

a. Thomas confesses “My Lord and my God” (verse 28)
b. This confession acknowledges who Jesus is
c. The Gospel of John starts with Jesus’ divinity and it ends with Jesus’ divinity
d. Personal confession of faith “my”
e. Thomas was healed from skepticism to a sincere believer

Take Away:

Make the bold confession “Jesus, my Lord and my God”

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org