Now Thomas (also known as Didymus ), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he 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.” 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!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
1. Unbelief should not cause separation.
Someone else’s doubt should not cause a separation between us and them.
We don’t have to convince people that Jesus is real - He can do that on his own.
Do you care for them enough to be there for the long haul?
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
1 Corinthians 13:1-4 13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient
2. Jesus knows the key to believing.
“Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
“Peace be with you.”27Then he said to Thomas,“Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side.
Jesus provided the exact answer to the roadblock in Thomas’ faith.
We have to be confident that in time, Jesus will answer the roadblock in people’s faith.
3. No threats - just peace.
Peace - Proof - Proclamation
“My Lord and my God”
This was an incredible confession from a devout Jew. A confession like this would have been seen as blasphemy in public. Jesus brought peace into the room, proof that he was who he said he was and Thomas made the proclamation of his deity.
Be the peace agent, transcend your politics, transcend your preferences, transcend your need to be right, and bring enough peace so that Jesus can prove himself.
People’s proclamation of Jesus as their savior has never been dependent on you making a convincing enough story or a scary enough threat. He is proving himself today just like he did to an unbelieving Thomas.
1. Do you relate to Thomas and his need for proof from Jesus? Have you ever put stipulations in place (if he does this, I’ll believe)?
2. “Someone else’s doubt should not cause a separation between us and them.” Have you ever struggled with frustration when others don’t believe God? If so, how?
3. “We don’t have to convince people that Jesus is real - He can do that on his own.” As a new or young believer (or now), have you ever felt pressured to prove Jesus to people?
4. “Jesus knows the key to believing.” What are some ways Jesus broke through your roadblock to give you what you needed so you could believe?
5. “We have to be confident that in time, Jesus will answer the roadblock in people’s faith.” Why is it hard to wait for God’s timing while he works in others’ lives? What are some ways we can stand by people who don’t know Jesus yet?
6. Can you identify some ways that God has been patient with you?
7. Pastor Chris said we can feel condemned or rescued. Which of these do you feel?
8. “PEACE - PROOF - PROCLAMATION” Have you experienced these? How do they look in your life?
9. What do you plan to do differently because of this week’s sermon?