Sunday, April 7, 2013

John 20:19-31 (Audio)

It is the evening of the resurrection of Jesus, and some of His followers have taken up refuge behind closed doors. They have met to discuss the events of the last 72 plus hours and determine whether or not the rumors are true that Jesus is no longer in the tomb.

Try to picture the scene: Mary Magdalene, Peter, John are all insisting that Jesus has risen. Perhaps the two travelers on the road to Emmaus who journeyed a short while with Jesus were there too, and they insist that the person they talked to was, in fact Jesus.

But then there are others there who, perhaps want to believe. They invested some of their time and belief into this Man they believed to be the long-awaited Messiah, the One who would re-establish the Jewish people as God's holy and chosen people. Yet, they could not get the image of a broken, twisted, and above all dead, person out of their mind.

Without warning, Jesus appears before them. Showing them the scars He bore He proves to them that He is not a ghost, but instead implores them to receive The Holy Spirit so that they might be sent out into the world just as He was. Everyone gathered rejoiced at the sight of the risen Lord!

Yet one was absent. All too often we look at Thomas as kind of a skeptic, and in many ways he was, but did he voice anything that the others didn't? And when he finally saw for himself Jesus had been raised, did Jesus reprimand him?

Take a listen to today's sermon. Please do not hesitate to share what God reveals to you through it. And please, feel free to share it with others.

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