Imagine the scene in John 20: 19-31. The disciples, except Thomas, are in the room behind closed doors. It was common for early Christians to meet at night. During the time of persecution, it was forbidden to meet during the day so he had to meet at night. The disciples are afraid. Brutally they killed their leader and are afraid they will be killed. More than one, the room and the situation are dark.
Suddenly Jesus appears. He passes through the closed door. The first word Jesus said to the assembled disciples: "Peace be with you". They fear for the first time because of the fear of the Jews and because they believed they were seeing a ghost. But when Jesus shows them his wounds, they know that this is the Lord. Jesus promised that the Holy Ghost would come. As God created mankind in his soul, in Moses 2: 7, he gave the Holy Ghost to his disciples by inhaling them. God re-creates mankind in Christ. The darkness of the room is dispersed from the light of Christ.
Jesus sent the disciples to us a mission, but we and we can not begin the quest for healing and peace without the power and power of Jesus' resurrected life. Jesus breathed on these people. As God lived his life for the first person and became a living soul, Jesus shared his disciples' intimacy of their own lives to be a new humanity, built up and empowered for their mission.
If Christianity seems to us to have a much less significant impact on the world, because too many people have the idea of waiting in the game to fund kill time, as Jesus returns and we all go to heaven. We sat like the people who wanted to wait for a flight. This is not Jesus told us to do it. He did not say, "Now tighten those mussels and cut your holy thumb and as soon as I can, I'll be back." In John 20:21 he said, "As the Father has sent me, I will send you." It is part of Jesus' mission and so part of our mission and mission is to treat forgiveness. More precisely, we must identify the conditions under which people and what state of God God forgives. It's not the ability to excuse people. It sets out the conditions in which people can be forgiven, with the promise that God will strengthen what he taught-that is, to ensure that everyone is satisfied with these terms.
In the gospel of John, sin is the failure of truth – the denial of the unloved Christ. Jesus sends the disciples and us to the world by the Holy Spirit empowered to resurrect the resurrected Christ. Some accept the testimony and the others, and others reject it. Their answer will determine whether to find those people whose sins have been forgiven, or those whose sins have survived. One of the forgiveness of one of the sins is one of unbelief – specifically, he refused to believe that Christ ascended from the dead. Thomas committed a sin for this sin. He refused to believe in the statement of the disciples that they saw the resurrected Christ. He wanted concrete evidence. Many people today are like Thomas. They do not want to believe it because they do not see Jesus. Like the rest of the disciple, testimonies of other believers are enough proof that he has ascended from death. Jesus did not hate Thomas because of disbelief. Instead of questioning Thomas for his doubts, Jesus welcomed his touch and touch, which Thomas had unleashed. Thomas saw and believed, and Jesus confirmed his faith. But then he added, "Blessed are those who have not yet seen and believed." Anyone who believes today so confidently without seeing those who have seen and believed. Jesus endorsed Thomas's faith, but He is more supportive of the faith of those who believe without seeing the resurrected Savior. Mary, Thomas, and the disciples were given the sight of the resurrected Lord. Faith does not rest on sight, neither on smell nor on tact, but on the voice and call of the rising Lord. Just as John the Apostle believed before seeing the resurrected Lord, we believe and trust in those witnesses who have seen and believed. We saw his life revealed in the community he breathed, and as soon as we heard that he talked about our name and trusted in faith, we were born into our family. The Spirit then confirms that we are children of God, blessed as those who have seen and believed. The sin of unbelief is closely linked to the sin of unbelief. Doubt will destroy faith if doubt is not solved. At times it serves as an excuse not to put God's will. We can use the cover as evil. The doubt can not remain without harming us. To stop skepticism means that we must act, believe, trust in the Lord, pass on our lives to him, follow – and admit as Thomas did, "Lord and my God!"
Will we be like disciples in the first week after Easter, who claim to believe in the resurrection, but their lives do not indicate that it made them distinct? Or would we be like the kind of people whose words and deeds proclaimed the faith that required our lives, and it was peace with us, and gave us meaning and purpose?
Thomas's freedom was to have his own doubts and to deny the heart. Those who claim to be Christians, and yet deliberately lacking in communion with Christian brothers, are those who are usually in need of Christian communion. There are certain things we can only experience when we are part of the Christian community. The idea that we do not have to go to church to become a Christian is nonsense. We can only know the blessing of God if our body is part of the earth.
Between the crucifixion and the scandal of the empty tomb, Jesus does not conceal himself. He reveals himself, introduces himself to those who love Him. When we go through the struggles and temptations of life, sometimes we are tempted to escape our trouble. At this time, we just want to see myself and myself as a selfish trinity. We do not find ourselves wanting to be with our friends and family any longer, and we will be far away from those we love. At the trial time it may be useful to retire, but we must do what Jesus did. We have to show ourselves instead of hiding like Thomas.
One way to show yourself is to tell your story of joy and pain, sun and rain. When we share our stories, we create the opportunity to become wounded healers. If there is a history of suffering, we must divide it because the glory can be found in the story.
What will you believe us? Our eternal destiny relies on our response. Jesus lives, and as he lives, he can no longer doubt Thomas and say, "Lord and my God." If we do this, we will change our lives to the right forever.
Are Thomas's doubts? Is it doubtful that God ever wants someone like you? Could they have mocked and harassed you and fought your self-worth? Philip Yancey once said, "Grace does not depend on what we have done for God, but rather about what God has done with us. Ask people what they need to do to go to heaven and most people respond," Good. " Jesus' stories contradict this answer: all we have to do is cry: "Help!"
When we embrace God's love, it is easier for us to let go of people's necessity, the need for validation. and he absolutely loves us.