John Lesson 27 Day 5

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John Lesson 27 Day 5

Jesus appears to Thomas

John 20:24-31

13. a. Thomas is usually called a doubter.

  • Thomas was a thinker.
  • He asked questions.
  • Thomas wanted tangible evidence.
  • He refused to believe hearsay evidence even from credible witnesses.

“Unless I see in His hands the marks of the nails, and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25 AMPC)

  • Thomas was a Jew, probably from Galilee. (Acts 1:11) His family and occupational background are unknown.
  • Thomas urged the other disciples to accompany Jesus to Judea even though it was dangerous. He said, “Let’s go so we can die with Him.” Thomas knew it was the right thing to do and did it.
    In contrast, Simon Peter’s boast lacked commitment when he said, “Lord, I am ready to go with you, both to prison and to death” (Luke 22:33). These proved to be mere words, as Peter denied Christ three times (verses 54-62).
  • At the Last Supper, Thomas was confused when Jesus said, “You know where I am going and how to get there.” Thomas asked, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the path?” Thomas’ question reveals him to be a seeker of truth and understanding. His naturally cautious temperament did not close his mind to further knowledge. (Link)
  • Thomas was unwilling to believe the other disciples when they said Jesus was alive, but at first, even the others did not believe Mary Magdalene or the two disciples who saw Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Thomas wanted the same proof.
  • When Jesus showed up and invited Thomas to touch His wounds, Thomas (filled with emotion) confessed, “You are the one True God and Lord of my life.” (John 20:28 Voice)

“Thomas made an immediate transition from declared unbelief (John 20:25) to radical belief. He addressed Jesus with titles of deity, calling Him Lord and God. It is also significant that Jesus accepted these titles, and did not tell Thomas, “Don’t call Me that.” (Guzik)

b. I would have believed the other disciples.

First, I would have been so disappointed that I missed out. Why wasn’t I there? What was I doing that I thought was the right thing to do and the right place to be? Was I hiding in fear from the Romans? Spending the Passover with my parents feeling disillusioned?

I want to believe good news and the disciples’ account lined up with what Jesus told them would happen. After seeing all the miraculous signs Jesus performed, how exciting that Jesus is truly alive just as he said!

Another trait I have is sympathizing with and defending loved ones. So here I am defending Thomas’ initial reaction.

14. a. Jesus came back for Thomas.

I love that it seems Jesus, the Good Shepherd, came back for the one lost sheep—Thomas. (Luke 15:4)

Jesus does not discount us when we have questions or doubts. Thomas wanted to know the truth, and he did not stay away from the other disciples due to unbelief. Their encounter with Jesus spoke volumes to the other disciples. Surely they wanted Thomas to see Jesus and know He had risen. They went through so much together and he was their spiritual brother and close friend.

It encourages me to know that in dark times and circumstances when it is hard to believe, I can trust that Jesus will show up.

b. Thomas’ immediate transition to radical belief

When Jesus showed up and “drew close to Thomas. Reach out and touch Me. See the punctures in My hands; reach out your hand, and put it to My side; leave behind your faithlessness, and believe. Thomas (filled with emotion): “You are the one True God and Lord of my life.” (John 20:28 The Voice, emphasis added)

“Thomas made an immediate transition from declared unbelief (John 20:25) to radical belief. He addressed Jesus with titles of deity, calling Him Lord and God. It is also significant that Jesus accepted these titles, and did not tell Thomas, “Don’t call Me that.” (Guzik)

15. John summarizes his book in John 20:30-31

a. The disciples saw Jesus do many other wondrous signs.

That statement is encouraging but leaves me with a longing to know every detail, not just the highlights. Thankfully, Matthew, Mark, and Luke also wrote books.

Although not part of the canon of scripture, The Gospel of Thomas, a “sayings of Jesus” gospel, survives and has been attributed to Jesus’ disciple, Thomas.

b. John’s purpose

“But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.” (John 20:31 NLT)

John includes seven miraculous signs performed by Jesus as strong evidence that he is the Messiah and God: Turning water into wine, healing the nobleman’s son, the man healed at the pool of Bethesda, feeding the 5000, Jesus walks on water, healing of the man who was born blind, and raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection is the greatest sign of all.

“Faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17), and this record of Jesus’ actions and teachings was specifically designed to cause us to believe. Therefore, this Gospel and all Scripture are the antidotes to the unbelief that comes at us every day. We should stay in the Word constantly.” (Andrew Wommack Living Commentary)

Life by the power of his name

Through his name does not mean ‘through the naming of His name’, but through the power of the Person who bears the name. In the Bible the ‘name’ of God is not merely the name by which He is designated, but all that He is in Himself.” (Tasker)

c. Accomplished for me

Even though I studied John’s gospel in depth seven years ago, the questions were rewritten, and I’m at a different place physically, spiritually, and emotionally. God’s Word provides fresh manna for every day, time, and season of our lives.


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