We come to the end of our journey through the Gospel of John this Sunday as we tackle john 20:19-31.
It’s evening on Easter Day, the disciples are scared and locked in a room.
Apart from Thomas. He’s somewhere else.
And Jesus appears.
A whole load of stuff is happening in this short passage. Jesus gives the disciples the Holy Spirit by breathing on them, just like Genesis 2:7. There’s some talk about forgiving sins and retaining which is something we really need to discuss because it doesn’t mean what it says, at all.
And then a week later Thomas finally gets his own encounter with the risen Christ. His encounter is much more like the encounters with the people who met Jesus earlier in the story; the man born blind and the Samaritan woman at the well. Thomas gets what he needs after expressing his questions and doubts. There’s something in that for us, I think…
So, what are your questions and doubts? What do you find hard to believe about Jesus?