We're zooming out for a bird's-eye view of God's story contained in the Scriptures, in order to understand this deep reality we live in. From this perspective, we'll explore this real, true story from one of its six major chapters each week: creation, the fall, the chosen nation of Israel, Jesus Christ among us, the church, and the new creation.
Read 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."
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
The death of Jesus was by no means the end of his story. On the third day after his crucifixion, having defeated sin, he also conquered death and rose from the tomb. He appeared a number of times to his disciples and others, emphasizing that his resurrection was physical, that he wasn't a ghost or just a vision.
Imagine being one of Jesus' twelve intimate disciples, even "doubting Thomas," in this account. Not having understood about Jesus' death and resurrection before they happened, how must they have reacted? What would have gone through your mind? What goes through your mind when you read this story today?