"Got Questions?"

Series: 

April 27, 2014

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Passage: John 20:24-29

Q) Did you ever get branded with a knick-name that you could not shake?  For a statement he made the Disciple Thomas has long been known as “Doubting Thomas”, but was he?

 

Let us look at the life of the Disciple Thomas:

1. Thomas was courageous and inspirational

  • Context: Lazarus had become ill and died (John 11:14)
  • The leaders in Jerusalem had become hostile to Jesus and His ministry           (John 11:57; 12:10)
  • Jesus wanted to go to Jerusalem

 

“Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”    (John 11:16)

  • Once convinced, Thomas had unquestioned loyalty

 

2. Thomas was pragmatic and asked tough questions

  • Context:  Jesus was giving instructions on Him going to prepare a place in heaven for His disciples and that He would return for them                           (John 14:1-4)

“Thomas said to Him, Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?”(John 14:5)

  • His question generated Christ’s famous response:

“Jesus answered I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  If you knew me, you would know My father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”      (John 14:6-7)

  • Tough questions precipitate profound answers!

 

3. Thomas resolved issues by evaluating the

   evidence and believing

  • Context: Thomas was not with the other disciples when the resurrected Jesus appeared to them.
  • Thomas wanted physical evidence before he would believe  

“Thomas said, 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 20:24-25)

Jesus came and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.”                  (John 20:26-27)

 

Thomas said to Him, My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)

“Jesus said, Because you have seen Me you have believed; Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”                             (John 20:29-30)

  • Thomas’ response initiated the timing for John to state his purpose for writing the Gospel of John (John 20:31)

 

Observations about Thomas’ faith journey:

  • Thomas did doubt, but he was not a doubter
  • He just wanted to see what other disciples had already seen…evidence of the risen Christ.   (John 20:19-23)
  • Once convinced Thomas immediately responded in faith
  • He remained convinced and traveled representing Christ

 

Thomas’ Martyrdom: (from historical sources)

  • Thomas traveled to India to establish Christian churches
  • He was stabbed to death with a spear

 

Observations about Christ:

  • Christ went to Thomas and was not angry with him
  • Christ provided the evidence to answer his concerns
  • Christ validated Thomas – He made Thomas that way!

 

Questions are welcome at Calvary Bible Church

1)    Better to doubt out-loud than to disbelieve in silence

2)    Silent doubts rarely find answers

3)    It is not blind faith, but trust in a trustworthy God who makes and keeps His promises, that is part of answers

 

4)   “Got Questions?” _________________________