Second Sunday of Easter – Sermon Brave Thomas
Welcome and Call to worship
- Every Morning is Easter Morning.
- Alleluia, Alleluia Give Thanks to the Risen Lord
Prayers of Adoration and Confession and the Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name”
The Scripture: John 20:19-31
Sermon: “Brave Thomas”
Hymn “Because He Lives”
Prayer of Dedication - Winter Mission Project, Naomi’s Family Resource Centre.
Hymn: “In the Bulb There is a Flower”
- “May the God of Hope”
There are so many interesting points in the story of Easter evening and then the week after Easter.
- Jesus enters and speaks with love and concern – “Peace be with you.” Can you hear Jesus saying that to you today?
- then Jesus shows his wounds and breathes on them – “receive the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the one who will give us peace when we need it most.
- then Jesus says: “if you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven” Forgiveness is difficult. Yet Jesus, on Easter evening, comes into the locked room and puts forgiveness as central to all life, especially for Easter people. Who might need your forgiveness in these days?
Then the story continues with Thomas. Thomas known as "Thomas the doubter". But who does not have doubts?
Thomas was not there when Jesus first appeared to the disciples on Easter evening. But Jesus comes again – a week later – and stands among his disciples, saying to Thomas: “put your fingers here. Do not doubt but believe.”
Then Thomas offers a great confession saying: “My Lord and my God!”.
This morning I want us to think of Thomas as a "Brave Thomas" rather than a "Doubting Thomas".
In John’s gospel, we see Thomas 3 times:
- John 11:16, he says: "Let us also go to support Jesus, and if it’s needed to die with him." Obviously, Thomas was not afraid to die for his faith, and yet, church history continues to define him in terms of “Thomas, the Doubter”, because of one moment of weakness.
- John 14:5, When Thomas says to Jesus: “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”, and Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Thomas wanted to understand, learn, believe and grow in faith. He did not hide his feelings like many people do. They say something and act differently.
- John 20:24, when Jesus appeared to his disciples after resurrection, but Thomas was not with them. When Thomas got to see Jesus alive, he confessed his faith saying, "My Lord and my God!".
In these words, Thomas is proclaiming that Jesus is the Lord who is in control over everything, even death. Cancer does not have the last word, even COVID does not have the last word, death does not have the last word.
Thomas’ story behind locked doors teaches us today that no matter where we are, Jesus will find us. He will never let us go. We are His people whom He entrusted us with His good news to share with a world desperate for God’s light, hope, and peace.
May we live in faith, hope, and love – seeking always to worship and serve our Lord and our God, Jesus the Christ. AMEN