Unlock The Secret (John 20:19-29)
Gearl Spicer, April 4, 2021
Part of the Easter Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Online service
John 20:19–29 (Listen)
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Unlock The Secret
*How do you respond to challenges?
Easter is the answer to ANY challenge we will ever face!
*So Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you, as the
Father has sent Me, I send you. vs. 21
*Jesus said to him, Because you have seen Me, have you believed?
Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed. vs. 29
I. What locked the door? FEAR
*Fear paralyzes our ability to think and believe!
II. Who didn't need a door? JESUS
*Resurrection proved no door or grave could hold him!
III. How did they respond? JOY
*Joy from Jesus will transcend any circumstance!
IV. What instructions and insights did He share? PEACE and MISSION
*Peace is with you!
*Go accomplish your life mission!
V. Why doubt disables faith? THOMAS
*Doubt limits our hearts from experiencing Jesus!
Will you unlock the secret?