Summary: Thomas believed when he saw the risen Jesus. How can we believe without seeing?
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John’s Gospel reveals that Thomas was loyal, but pessimistic.
Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him” (John 11:16).
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:5).
But [Thomas] said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it” (John 20:25).
A CHANGED LIFE
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 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.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:26-28).
Thomas applied to Jesus two titles of deity: “Lord” (kyrios) and “God” (theos). The most outrageous doubter of the resurrection uttered the greatest confession of the Lord who rose from the dead.
Thomas went from “Doubting Thomas” to “Daring Thomas”:
· Thomas may have taken the gospel as far east as INDIA.
“There is a considerable amount of ancient testimony that suggest Thomas carried the gospel as far as India. There is to this day a small hill near the airport in Chennai (Madras), India, where Thomas is said to have been buried. There are churches in south India whose roots are traceable to the beginning of the church age, and tradition says they were founded under the ministry of Thomas.”—John MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men, p. 164
Today, Christianity is India’s third largest religion, with approximately 24 million followers, constituting 2.3% of India’s population.—Census of India, 2001
· Thomas was MARTYRED for his faith in the risen Jesus.
“The strongest traditions say he was martyred for his faith by being run through with a spear—a fitting form of martyrdom for one whose faith came of age when he saw the spear mark in his Master’s side....”—John MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men, p. 164
BELIEVING WITHOUT SEEING
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:30-31).
I have with me three books: Who Moved the Stone? by Frank Morison, Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, and The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. What do these three authors have in common? All three were once skeptics of Christianity, but were converted when they studied the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus.
· Christianity rises and falls on the RESURRECTION.
· If Jesus rose from the dead, He is LORD.