Sermon 28 April 2019

Do you ever wonder why John was the only one to see this event as important. It can lead us to ask if it really happened. John has a number of people reappear through his gospel, Nicodemus appears three times (John3, John 7:50-51John 19:39) . We could say that John did this to show how Jesus’ ministry changed Nicodemus.

Thomas has three other events in John’s Gospel too. In John 11 Lazarus has died and Jesus talks to the disciples about Lazarus’ death, and that he goes to raise him. In verse 16 Thomas says, ‘“Let us go with him, so that we may die with him.”

Again in chapter 13 we see Jesus’ washing of the feet and preparing the disciples for what is to happen. At the beginning of Chapter 14 Jesus tells them not to be worried, that they know where he is going. In verse 5 Thomas says, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

In this third encounter we see the two sides of Thomas, the questioner and the believer. We look at Thomas’ reaction to seeing Jesus’ wounds, and we can think that he bows down in humility and shame, but it can also be seen as a sign of respect and honour.

Thomas was not afraid to be outside the room. He was bold and fearless. He probably did not see anything wrong with his doubt and questions, so there is a good chance that he bowed in honour rather than shame.

When the other disciples first saw Jesus they were overjoyed. There was no sense of worship.

It is interesting to see the reactions of the disciples to Jesus’ resurrection. As much as we look at Thomas’ doubting, he held Jesus in a position of awe and honour.

How do we see Jesus’ resurrection, and how do we see Jesus? Is he the king, the friend, or just another person?