The Struggle With Doubt (John 20:19-31)Murray Lean, April 29, 2012
Part of the Battles of the Heart and Mind series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
This is the first message of a new series entitled: Battles of the heart and mind. Today we look at the battle with doubt and we meet the disciple Thomas, either a pessimistic doubter or an honest questioner, depending on your point of view. Perhaps there's more than a bit of Thomas in most of us. Our modern age teaches us to ask questions and seek answers. The Bible provides a solid, intellectually satisfying basis for Christian belief and clearly points us to Jesus Christ. But there comes a time when we must act on the evidence before us. The final answer to doubt is not more and more evidence......it is belief or faith. Is it time for you to move beyond your doubts, face Jesus, and say with Thomas: "My Lord and my God"?
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19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (ESV)