Doubting Thomas?

Series: Doubt

I.     The first time we meet Thomas is in John 11:6-16.  
    A.     "Let us also go, that we may die with him."   
    B.    What an affirmation of faith!  It was clearly an expression of love for Jesus.  
    C.    Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for a friend.
    D.    Instead of calling Thomas the Doubter, we should call him Thomas the Risk Taker.
        1.     No one had to spell it out for Thomas.  He realized that if he went to Judea with Jesus, there he would die also.  
        2.     If we love Jesus, we to are called to be risk takers.  
        3.     Its a risky thing to get up out of our pew and walk down this aisle and say before God and everyone else, “I am a sinner.”
        4.     It is a risky matter to tell a colleague or friend about Jesus.  One never knows if he or she might be labeled, “holy” or “religious.”
        5.    It is a risky endeavor indeed to commit yourself as a church to grow.  It may require doing things differently and occasionally being friendly with a stranger.  
    E.    Think of all the men and women who have been willing to take a risk.
        1.    There was Moses who stood up before the greatest military force in the world and lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
        2.    Then there was David against Goliath
        3.    Uneducated fisherman named Peter to preach at Pentecost
        4.    No church or individual Christian will grow unless we are willing to take a risk, unless we follow Thomas is an example.
II.    Thomas and the night of the Last Supper, John 14:1-7.  
    A.     “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a        place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
    B.    It was at that moment we hear from Thomas. 
        1.    He asked, "Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way'?" 
        2.    Thomas was not only a risk taker he was Thomas, the Inquirer.     
        3.    He was not a man who considered himself to have all the answers. Instead, he was an individual who wanted to know more.  He wanted to understand what Jesus was talking about.
    C.    We need more Christians who are longing to know more about Jesus and his word.  
    D.    Far to many of us are satisfied with knowing Jesus on a superficial level.  This wasn't good enough for Thomas.  
    E.    I grew up on a hymn by Eliza Hewitt that went like this:
        More about Jesus would I know, More of his grace to others show; More of his saving fullness see, More of his love who died for me. More, more about Jesus, More, more about Jesus; More of His saving fullness see, More of his love who died for me.
    F.    Thomas loved Jesus and he wanted to know more about him.  And to top it all off, if Jesus was going some where, he wanted to be with him. 
III.     Thomas and the Resurrected Christ John 20:19-31 
    A.     We saw him with our own eyes!" Surely Thomas would experience the same joy they felt, but no.  He looked at the disciples, and said with what seemed to be an angry tone:
    B.    “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”
        1.    Now was Thomas' reaction really that unexpected?  
        2.    In fact, we must honestly say that we are a lot like Thomas aren't we?  
        3.    Unless we see something with our own eyes or hold it in our hand, we have a hard time believing some things. 
    C.     Yet, that is the heart of what the Gospel is all about: Faith!  2 Corinthians 5:7
    D.    Wouldn't it be interesting to know what the next eight days were like for Thomas?  
        1.     Surely his fellow disciples had a sense of peace about them.              

        2.    Thomas must have been miserable.  
    E.    Jesus did not waste a moment.  He walked straight over to Thomas and said, "Thomas, here is my hand, put your finger in it.  Here is my side, thrust your arm into it.  Stop doubting and believe!"
    F.    Thomas said, "My Lord and My God!" Thomas the doubter is now, Thomas the Witness. First time called God.  He had been called, Lord, Teacher, Son of David, and even the Son of God 
    G.    Instead of calling Thomas a doubter perhaps we should make him an example.  
        1.    We need to have a love like Thomas that is so deep and sincere that we will be risk takers.  
        2.    We need the courage that would allow us to ask more about Him.             

         3.    Regardless of our moments of doubt let us witness to the fact that Jesus is our Lord and God.