St Thomas – Sunday 3rd July 2016 – John 20:24-29.
At the start of the ‘Trinity’ season, I’m asking about the different persons of the trinity knowing that they are indeed one God.
From this passage:
what have I learnt about God the Father?
what insights have I about God the Son?
what inspiration may I gain from God the Holy Spirit
1. what have I learnt about God the Father?
- Jesus has been exalted to ‘Lord’ and also ‘God’. This exaltation is through belief and seeing Jesus in his resurrection body. We are blessed because we believe but haven’t seen.
- Cuts into scars. Scars have healed but the marks remain. We should be proud of our scars.
- ‘Do not doubt’ v27 Is this possible just to say ‘I don’t doubt?
2. what insights have I about God the Son?
- Jesus’ body is able to go through walls. His cuts have healed into scars. All different to how he was before he died.
- Jesus knew about what Thomas had said. He seems to know all.
- Thomas’ confession does not seem to impress Jesus. In fact Jesus is rather scathing.
3. what inspiration may I gain from God the Holy Spirit
- How do we believe when our minds are filled with doubt. We need always to be able to ‘see’ – the changed lives or others, the way worship is conducted, the way we long for God’s spirit.
- Those who are not there (each Sunday) may find it hard to believe the testimony of others. We do need an individual encounter.
- ‘Do not doubt but believe’. Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.