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Expect The Unexpected

Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into My side. Doubt no longer but believe
Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; I John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Easter Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 20:27

In the day’s of the Roman persecution, one of the worst things that could happen to a Christian was to be sent to the mines of New Midea in Africa. There the prisoners were brutally whipped, marched through rocky valleys, burned by the sun, branded on their brow with a hot iron, chained so that they were unable to stand erect, sent into the dark mines to work interminable hours and endure indescribable suffering. When the mines were eventually opened up to visitors, it was discovered that those Christians had etched little words and slogans on the walls of the caves in which they were working -- astonishingly they were little words of hope! Of all the many words that were discovered, two appear more than any others. One is the word “Christ” (Christos); the other is the word “life.” In that environment of terrible suffering, the two things they thought of most were faith in Christ, and preserving life.

In today's Gospel Lesson, it is the evening of the first Easter Sunday and the two things the disciples are thinking most of is their faith in Christ and preserving their very lives. They are fearful that they might be next in line for the kind of execution Jesus had suffered on Good Friday. Or, they are wondering, is it true that Jesus had risen from the dead as they had been told by Mary Magdalene? Suddenly, the Risen Christ appears in their midst, saying, "Peace be with you." The Apostle Thomas is not there at the time, and when he returns, the other disciples say to him, "We have seen the Lord." Thomas answers, "Unless I see the holes that the nails made in His hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into His side, I refuse to believe" (Jn. 20:25). Eight days later, John tells us, Jesus again appears to the disciples, and Thomas is present. Then He speaks to Thomas, “Put your finger here; look, here are My hands. Give Me your hand; put it into My [...]

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