Doubting Thomas

Background

On the Sunday that Jesus rose from the grave, he appeared to a group of his disciples. One of the disciples named Thomas, was not present with the other disciples when this happened.

When the disciples told Thomas they had seen Jesus and that Jesus was alive, Thomas said, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand in his side, I will not believe.

Read together John 20:24-31

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Think about

  1. What did the disciples do when they were together in the house?
  2. Why did they lock the door?
  3. Who were they afraid of?
  4. Who missed out on seeing Jesus?
  5. What did Thomas say when he was told that Jesus was alive?
  6. What did Thomas say when he saw Jesus with his own eyes?
  7. In what ways does Jesus prove that He is alive to us today?

Memory verse

Blessed are those who have not seen me and yet believe. John 20:29

Wrap up

Jesus died, and three days later, God raised Him back to life. It wasn’t until Thomas saw Jesus with his own eyes that he believed that Jesus was alive. Do you believe that Jesus is alive?

Pray together

Dear God, thank you that Jesus revealed himself to Thomas and that you reveal yourself to us and live in us today. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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