Sunday 11th April
I believe in Jesus- Keith Matten - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF3fj2CaqxI
The wonder of the cross- Robin Mark - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rr5uR5Vb8M
Jesus, sometimes we are like Thomas,
We want more evidence before we believe in you.
We are sorry when we don’t believe your Word
or those who share your good news with us.
God of truth:
For those who doubt: give them certainty.
For those in darkness: give them light.
For those who need to see: give them living proof.
Reading - John 20:19-31
Jesus Appears to His Followers
It was the first day of the week. That evening Jesus’ followers were together. The doors were locked, because they were afraid of the Jews. Then Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. His followers were very happy when they saw the Lord.
Then Jesus said again, “Peace be with you! As the Father sent me, I now send you.” After he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven. If you don’t forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
Thomas (called Didymus) was not with the followers when Jesus came. Thomas was 1 of the 12. The other followers told Thomas, “We saw the Lord.”
But Thomas said, “I will not believe it until I see the nail marks in his hands. And I will not believe until I put my finger where the nails were and put my hand into his side.”
A week later the followers were in the house again. Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came in and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you see me. Those who believe without seeing me will be truly happy.”
Why John Wrote This Book
Jesus did many other miracles before his followers that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you can believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you can have life through his name.
Thought for the week
In a busy shopping precinct on a Saturday afternoon, a salesperson is delivering a sales pitch for a new cleaning product. The presentation is smart, clever, and jovial. A small crowd has gathered and is engaging with the demonstration, attracted by the salesperson’s banter. They are smiling and laughing and nodding to one another – and to the salespersons when he catches their eye. On a table nearby, two assistants are doing a reasonably good trade in the cleaning product. Captivated by what they have seen and heard, people are willing to give it a go.
At the other side of the plaza, someone is shouting in a rather monotone voice, and brandishing a book. They wander up and down, this way and that, occasionally stopping to open the book and read out – or a better description might be, bellows out – a few sentences. But there is no eye contact, and the presentation is anything but jovial. No one in the crowd stops to listen. No one is attracted in. No one is smiling or laughing or nodding. And with no one captivated by what they have not seen or not heard – because they whizzed straight past! – the two assistants stand behind a table with leaflets, looking rather bored and occasionally glancing in the direction of the speaker.
One thing we learn about Jesus from the Gospels is how good a story teller he was, and how he captivated people’s attention. Crowds flocked to hear him. Now we can’t all be top, funny, compelling, witty speakers with all the banter. And none of us is Jesus! But we know that we are all called to tell people the story of Jesus. And if we think that it is important to do so – and hopefully, we all do! – how can we ‘deliver our pitch’ in a way that is more exciting and interesting and compelling than a cleaning product?
How did you get hooked?
I can feel you near me God (Jump for joy) - Pat Mayberry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EkIRx9SX_g
This I Believe (The Creed) - Hillsong Worship - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuDI-sk2nJU