Thoughts and questions, w. b. 19/4/20
As we read through the Gospels we notice there were many times that the disciples were amazed at Jesus and unaware of what was going on, so it seems unfortunate that Thomas, here, is singled out as a doubter. They all were doubters to some degree or other. Maybe we are too. See also Matthew 28:17 for an even more extreme (in my mind) example.
- What made you believe in the resurrection of Jesus?
- What, would you say, is the evidence for the resurrection?
- How much is your belief in God based on evidence, and how much is based on fact?
- What do we learn about the resurrection body from v26-27?
- What does the phrase, ‘My Lord and my God’ say to you about Thomas and Jesus?
Jesus, I believe, was very gracious in respecting and accepting Thomas’ need to be convinced.
- Why, do you think, Jesus (or God) appears to some people and not to others?
- What would you say to someone who says they won’t believe if they can’t see?
- Why, and in what way, are we blessed if we haven’t seen? – v29
- Off the top of your head, how many (and which) miraculous signs of Jesus can you remember?
The theme of believing continues throughout John’s Gospel and is again included here (v31).
- To you, what does ‘believe’ mean?
- How would you describe the ‘life’ that John refers to here? – v31