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Summary: Do you sit with Thomas, as one seeking? Do you sit with the others, still excited from the week before? Perhaps you sit on your own, neither excited nor doubting. May you proclaim as Thomas did "My Lord and My God".

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four readings prior to the Message. The readings assigned for today are: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133:1-5; 1 John 1:1-2:2 and John 20:19-31

So ......here we are..... One week after Easter.

How has this week been .....for you?

How are you this day, .....exactly one week.... after Easter?

Is the excitement of Easter.... still in the air .....or has it begun to fade?

Has it vanished ......all together?

I ask these questions .....because in our text, .....we find the disciples.... again gathered together ......exactly one week.... after Easter.

Before dealing fully with how we feel,..... let us begin to understand.... how these disciples of Christ are doing...... one week .....after Easter.

Our text from John.... gives us a glimpse back to Easter Day ......to the splendid revelation of God's glory ......of Christ's resurrection.

The disciples are huddled in fear behind a locked door .....Jesus appears to them,... and when he does .....he not only reveals his resurrection, .....he also breathes ......an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.... upon them.

Now, .....for some reason... Thomas was absent from the other disciples.

He did not see Jesus..... that night.

The others are sharing the wonderful news with him........ "We have seen the Lord!" (John 20:25)

But what proof..... do they bring? (PAUSE)

They bring .....Only their words.

John earlier in his gospel .....has already described Thomas for us:

As a courageous pessimist, ....and as an honest skeptic, ....so it is not surprising that his response is .....BIBLE "I will not believe .... Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands.... And put my finger in his side." END (John 20:25)

He must have been from the Missouri section of the Holy Land.... "The Show me State".

This catches us up ....with the heart .....of today's message.

One week after Easter, .....the very same room where Jesus appeared before... the disciples .....sit in excitement.

However .....I find it quite intriguing ......that they are still behind locked doors......Yet I can imagine them sitting .....in excitement.

And I can picture Thomas... probably sitting with his arms crossed, .....ankles crossed, .....and brow furrowed.

The stage is set: .....Ten disciples .....who "know" .......and wait anxiously; ......one disciple who doubts, ......who only has the words of the others..... to go by.

I would like to step back ..... for a moment.

I think it is far too easy for us.... to judge Thomas.

I am convinced it is easy to make him into a "straw man" .....and blow him over ....with the verse..... BIBLE "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." END (John 20:29)

Those words must have pierced... Thomas heart.

Some may call it a sermon here .....and go home.

"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29) .... That is a powerful blessing.

Yet... if each of us were honest, .....we would see that Thomas.... is not the loneliest Christian ever.

I would venture .....that every one of us .....at some point .....has walked side by side with Thomas ......in the state ....of doubt.


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