Jesus Appears to Thomas
John Paul Westin continues the Easter story by sharing from John 20:24-31 with a fresh perspective on the story of Thomas.
What happened the week after Easter Sunday? It is about spiritual struggles and doubts. It is the story of Thomas - who is often called “Doubting Thomas”. Thomas was not in the room after the Resurrection when Jesus appeared to the disciples; and he refused to believe them when they said Jesus was alive. Like the children’s puzzle game “Where’s Waldo” we might ask “where’s Thomas?” We aren’t given the answer. The truth is we are often absent when the Lord appears to others, and may want to appear to us. But our God is a persistent and loving God! He continues to pursue us as Jesus pursued Thomas.
Good News for the Week
If you were not at church on Sunday you may wish to listen to the talk on our website. Over the next week, we invite you to sit down with your small group, a friend, family member, or soul-mate, and discuss (or if you are alone, journal about) the following:
1. Why do you think Thomas wasn’t with the rest of the disciples when Jesus appeared to them?
2. “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands...I won’t believe it.” What was Thomas saying?
3. What do you think was Jesus’ tone with Thomas?
4. Who does Thomas remind you of in this story? Anyone from your past?
5. What is the closest that you have come to going through what Thomas went through?
6. When you have doubts in your faith, what have you found helpful?
7. How would you describe your spiritual life now?
8. How can your small group/friends support you in prayer this week?
A Prayer Inspired by Thomas’ Experience
ALMIGHTY and ever living God, who for the more confirmation of the faith allowed your holy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful in your Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt, to believe in your Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in your sight may never be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through the same Jesus Christ, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.