Sermon Summary from 5/25 on John 20:24-31

Posted: May 26, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Sermons
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Hey, just wanted to followup the sermon this morning with some additional thoughts and reemphasize some main points.

  • Thomas was not with the disciples at Jesus’ first visit and while we don’t know for sure why he was absent…it is fair to say that he missed out on seeing Jesus. It is important for us to also be in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ or we will miss out on the blessings Jesus has for us.
  • Thomas could hardly imagine that his famous words, “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”, would turn into a prayer. Jesus heard this confession of unbelief and responded graciously to show up a second time especially for Thomas because He wanted Thomas to doubt no more.
  • Thomas’ profession of unbelief turns into a bold profession of belief,  “My Lord and my God!”. It is only because Jesus showed up that Thomas could say such. So also it is only because of Jesus showing up in our lives that we would ever love Him.
  • In this 20th chapter of John, Jesus shows up to a weeping Mary, a fearful and fickle group of disciples, and a doubting Thomas. Mary’s tears translate into a bold witness that Jesus was in fact risen. The disciples’ fears translate into an abiding joy and empowerment for their new commission. Thomas’ doubts are erased and he proclaims boldly that Jesus is his Lord and God.
  • The whole point of John’s Gospel is recorded in vs. 31 “these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name”.
  • Do you believe in Jesus? If not, I pray that He would visit your weeping, fearful, fickle, sinful, unbelieving heart and translate it into a heart of joy, peace, boldness, and faithfulness!!!
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Comments
  1. Debra Schueler says:

    I like that last line, Rick, I may have to borrow that sometime, lol. Have a great day, see you soon. Debra

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