WE KNOW IMPORTANT THINGS ARE SAID
WHEN TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
SO WHY IS THE LAST STORY JOHN TELLS CONCERNING RESURRECTION DAY THE STORY OF THOMAS?
COULD IT BE THAT WE HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD THOMAS,
CHARACTERIZING HIM AS “DOUBTING THOMAS?”
COULD IT BE THAT THE STORY OF THOMAS
TEACHES US THE MOST IMPORTANT THING?
COULD IT BE,
THAT THE STORY OF THOMAS
SHOWS US THE SECRET WE DESPERATELY NEED?
THOMAS, AFTER BEHOLDING JESUS.
“MY LORD AND MY GOD.”
This is the high and holy day for Christians, the day that makes Christianity different from world religions.
OUR GOD LIVES!
Many churches have disemboweled
(the word Tim Keller uses in this week’s sermon)
Christianity, denying the meaning of the crucifixion and denying the literal resurrection. They say the meaning of Christianity is to “love one another.” But as Keller says, hearing that would not make you think, “Wow — that changes my life!” No. What changes a life is:
“HE IS RISEN, JUST AS HE SAID!”
Last week in my reading through the Bible I was on the account of Elijah versus the prophets of Baal, when Baal did not respond to his believers’ cries, but the God of Elijah did.
There was a verse that quickened me:
“And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”
(1 Kings 18:21)
I thought, Dee, why do you limp between the God who rose from the dead and the idols of your heart? Follow your Lord and your God!
Easter is a time for testimonies as well. This from Bono makes me smile:
Prepare your heart for RESURRECTION DAY with this:
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. What are you anticipating in your heart today?
I must credit Keller with insight — for I did not see this before listening to him!
3. What had the other ten (for Judas was not with them) seen according to John 20:20?
4. Read John 20:24-31 as an overview.
A. How is Thomas described in verse 24?
B. According to verse 30, (and compare to John 21:25) what has been left out of John’s account and why? What does this tell you about what he does tell us?
C. What is the purpose of John’s gospel according to John 20:31?
D. According to Acts 1:21-22, what is the requirement an apostle must have? Why did Thomas, according to this passage in John, not yet have this?
5. Thomas, described as “one of the twelve” was an apostle — but an apostle that had not met the requirement of seeing the risen Christ. Read the following passages and explain why this is so important.
A. 1 John 1:1-2
B. 2 Peter 2:16
I am hoping you can listen to the sermon, but just in case in this busy week you cannot, I want to share this much with you. Keller makes the point that we must understand why Jesus rebuked Thomas — he had not believed the report of the apostles, the eyewitnesses. This is what we must do. Keller also believes that Thomas never put his hands in the wounds, as many artists have depicted, but fell to his knees with the strongest statement of faith in the Bible: My Lord and My God. Keller says Thomas should be remembered not as a great doubter, but as a great believer.
6. Do you believe the account of the apostles? And if so, how shall you then live?
Thomas Meets Jesus: Free Keller Sermon
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7. Share your notes or comments.
8. What is your take-a-way and why?