St Thomas – Sunday 3rd July 2016 – John 20:24-29.

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?

  1. 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.
  2. Cuts into scars. Scars have healed but the marks remain. We should be proud of our scars.
  3. ‘Do not doubt’ v27 Is this possible just to say ‘I don’t doubt?

2. what insights have I about God the Son?

  1. Jesus’ body is able to go through walls. His cuts have healed into scars. All different to how he was before he died.
  2. Jesus knew about what Thomas had said. He seems to know all.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Those who are not there (each Sunday) may find it hard to believe the testimony of others. We do need an individual encounter.
  3. ‘Do not doubt but believe’. Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.
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