The Gospel of John
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
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.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to 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 into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
1. Put yourself in that locked room with the disciples. Would you be in fear? How would you react when Jesus appeared? How would you react today if the Jesus our Lord appeared in your home today? Would you be ready to receive Him in your home? Would you have to run around the house and clean up all things you didn’t want Jesus to see? Or would you be ready to listen to Jesus’ words?
2. Jesus breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit”. Have you received the Holy Spirit? What does that mean to you? How would you life be lived differently with the Holy Spirit?
3. If you were not present in the room with the disciples and Jesus would you believe that he had appeared? Or would you be like Thomas and doubt the risen Lord?
4. What do you require in order for your belief in Jesus to be real?
5. Jesus did not think less of Thomas because of his doubts. He loved him just as much. I think we must learn to love others who are doubting their faith. And we should have patience with them. We need to help them see Jesus no matter what it takes. What are you willing to do to help others see Jesus as the risen Christ? Holy Spirit today?