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A SERMON FOR EVERY SUNDAY

He Comes Through Locked Doors

Dr. Will Willimon preaches a sermon from John 20:19-31, the story of “Doubting Thomas,” but focuses on how Jesus came through locked doors for his disciples in those first few days after his resurrection, and how he still does!

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A SERMON FOR EVERY SUNDAY

You Missed It!

Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, tells the story of Doubting Thomas from John 20:19-31, and makes the observation that, if you’re not in the room, you could miss something really important.

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Believing Thomas – Who is Jesus?

Thomas has a bad rap. His name has become synonymous with those who doubt. In reality this man had the heart of a lion. When Jesus learns of his friend’s sickness he travels to Judea – where he’s wanted dead. The disciples warn him not to go; except for Thomas. He says, “Let us go back so that we may die with him!” Yet he is most known for his suspicion of the resurrection. Of all the disciples Thomas might be most relatable when he said, “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.” What happens next? Jesus appears and says, “Touch my hands, place your hand in my side.” Thomas doesn’t do what Jesus says because he’s already convinced. How so? Thomas is shocked that Jesus knows what he needs without asking. How did Jesus know? He’s been listening the whole time. Thomas immediately exclaims,”My Lord and My God!” This is clear belief in the resurrection. Thomas is a Jew and the Jews were fiercely monotheistic. There’s no other alternative for Thomas now. He has seen the resurrected Jesus for himself!

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