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Resources for the 2nd Sunday of Easter
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

Texts & Discussion:

Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 150
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31




Through the resurrection of his Son
God has redeemed you and made you his children. May he bless you with joy. Amen.

The Redeemer has given you lasting freedom.
May you inherit his everlasting life. Amen.

By faith you rose with him in baptism.
May your lives be holy,
so that you will be united with him for ever. Amen.

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Sermon Excerpt

Proof of Life
based on John 20:19-31
Rev. Karen Goltz

If you heard that Jesus Christ appeared to a group of people today, what would your reaction be?  Would you panic?  Would you run?  Would you hide in fear?  Would you cry out in love, “My Lord and my God?”  If you didn’t simply dismiss the claim as a fantastic story, you would most likely doubt.  You would demand proof, and, if you were really open-minded, you’d reserve judgment until you could be convinced.  

The disciples had locked themselves in the house.  They’d heard just that morning that Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb.  Mary Magdalene had come to tell them he had risen.  But they didn’t believe.  They had their doubts.  Peter and another disciple, traditionally believed to be John, had gone and checked out reports that the body was missing.  Peter saw the empty tomb, but he couldn’t put it all together.  John saw and apparently believed.  So, I imagine he went back and spent the rest of the day trying to convince the other disciples that the empty tomb, the folded linen cloths, and the head piece sitting by itself were all signs that Jesus had indeed risen.

Can you imagine the conversation that took place during that day?  They were too afraid of the Jews and the Romans to go out and see, or look for Jesus, so they sat in the house sulking, praying, arguing, discussing, pondering, and recalling the words of Jesus.  I can imagine that Mary was probably leading the conversation, maybe backed up by John, and Peter was boldly trying to make sense of it.  Mary had seen the risen Lord, had spoken to him, John could believe and accept that, and Peter really wanted to.  The rest of them probably wanted to, too, but how could they possibly believe something so crazy as a dead man rising and living again?  They’d seen Jesus die, and no matter how much they might wish otherwise, dead was dead.

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