Thomas “I want to feel you.”
John 20:19 “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
Have you chosen a favorite Apostle yet?
What do we know about the Apostle Thomas?
He was called Didymus in John 20:24. The Greek for that means, TWIN.
We don’t know where he was from.
John is the only Gospel that tells any stories about Thomas.
Two ancient books were found about Thomas in 1945.
What does this story tell us or teach us about Thomas? There are THREE important things.
I. Jesus did NOT _____________ Thomas for doubting.
The second thing about Thomas is this:
II. That the most endearing things in life cannot be proven.
And one last thing I want to say about Thomas, and this is it.
III. Thomas reminds us that we need to move beyond our fears to faith.
Thomas went to India.
Here’s what Thomas teaches us is to (1) Let Go and let God have His way in our life. (2) He teaches us this, that over the years he grew to a better place of service.