Lesson for Chapel Services on Wednesday, April 26, 2017
John 20: 19-29
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF JOHN
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked …, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. “When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”
Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
THE WORD OF THE LORD
and the People respond, “Thanks be to God.”
The Doubting Thomas is there in all of us. We yearn to have our senses satisfied. In the above story, Jesus assures us that doubt is normal and natural and in the end can lead to certainty. It certainly did with Thomas.
We must never be satisfied by resting with our doubts. They are to be explored and investigated until we find the truth.
Lord, help us to see a subject from every possible angle. The truth is not always obvious. Clear our minds of prejudices. The truth is not always immediately evident.
Help us to understand that faith can be a road to assurance and certainty.