Summary: The disciples report sighting Jesus after the Resurrection.
“Disciple Stories” Jesus Sightings Part 3
“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!” John 20:27-28 NIV
Intro: Today we continue the Sermon Series “Jesus Sightings.” We have looked at the Jesus sighting of the Easter Jesus by Mary Magdalene and the other women. Last week we heard about two men on the road to Emmaus sighting Jesus after the resurrection. Today we are going to explore another Jesus Sighting. This resurrection sighting is the “Disciple Stories.”The first sighting of the Easter Jesus by the disciples was on the evening of the resurrection day. The disciple John tells us his first hand sighting in John 20:19-25.
A young man was very skilled at picking pockets. One day, he took something that felt like a wallet full of money only to discover, when he returned to his hiding place, that it was a copy of the New Testament. Angry, he threw the bible to the floor. Yet later that night, unable to sleep, he remembered the little book. He started to read the New Testament. Reading the bible changed his life. He soon abandoned his bad habits, and surrendered his heart to Christ. From that day forward he looked for opportunities to tell the disciple stories about the risen Jesus.
Do you take opportunities to tell your “Disciple Stories” about Jesus?
The Disciple Stories after the crucifixion began as one of fear. Ten of the disciples were meeting to pray. Judas who betrayed Jesus was already dead and Thomas the disciple was absent from this first Jesus sighting. John 20: 19 “the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews”who had crucified Jesus. Maybe you are afraid to share your faith. Fear of not knowing what to say. Fear of saying something wrong. Fear of sharing the Gospel but nothing happens? The original Greek: φόβος, ου, ὁ Phonetic Spelling: (fob'-os) means panic, fear, the cause to withdraw, fleeing because of feeling inadequate, without resources. To remove oneself. To avoid because of dread. You cannot open someone’s heart to the truth of the Gospel as long as you are “fob'-os”
As Christians we are called of God to tell the Disciple Stories. To share what Christ has done. Some of the last words of Jesus on earth were, “Teach these new disciples to observe everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:20
Here is a simple faith question. How do you get to the place where you can teach a Sunday School class? How do you get to the place where you can teach a Wednesday night GROW class? How do you get to the place where you can participate in evangelism? How do you get to telling others what God has done for you? Philippians 1:6 “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” In other words all you have to do is be willing to start it. God has already promised to see it through to completion. God says that He will complete your incompletions. But you have to do your part and break out of everything that is holding you back. God’s work for you began when Christ died on the cross in your place. God’s work within you began when you first believed. Now the Holy Spirit lives in you, enabling you to grow more like Christ every day. When you are discouraged remember God want give up on you. He has promised to finish the work he has begun.