Jesus Intervenes For Thomas Sermon John 20:24-31
John 20:24-31 NKJV
Lord – Kurios – 747 times, (703 = Lord), sir, master
God – Theos – 1,344 times – (1310 = God), gods, godly
- When used together, always – “Lord God”
- Passage with Lord God
- Satan says bow down and worship me
Matthew 4:10 NKJV
- Jesus rebukes Satan
- If Jesus is NOT God He must reject Thomas!
- God is one, there is only one God
- Praise honor and glory is ONLY given to God
- DOES JESUS REBUKE THOMAS???
- He affirms it. “You have believed”
John 20:29 NKJV
Philippians 2:10 NKJV that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
Isaiah 45:23 – Every knee bows to the LORD (YHWH)
Revelation 19:10 The Angel said worship ONLY God! YET
Revelation 5:13 NKJV … “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
- The Son is honored as the Father
John 5:23 NKJV
Colossians 1:16 KJV
John 1:1-3 NKJV
PAUL – …our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
PETER – 2 Peter 1:1 NKJV …our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
JESUS John 14:9 He who has seen Me has seen the Father
JESUS – Revelation 22:13 KJV I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
- Jesus raised Lazarus – THIS – Should be proof enough!
- More proof, 1 MORE —
John 2:19 NKJV Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
- How can Jesus being dead claim to raise himself?
- ONLY – God can do this!
- Jesus is telling us HE IS GOD!
Matthew 1:23 NKJV
- Thomas starts the day NOT BELIEVING
- Thomas ends the day BELIEVING
- Jesus Christ
- Even if one sheep goes astray, He will go after the one
- A week ago 0 believed
- That evening 10 believed
- A week later, all 11 believe
Is it possible for someone to see the pierced hands and side and NOT believe???
I believe, YES
- Evidence of the Trinity – Not all believe
- Evidence of a creator – Not all believe in God
- Evidence of the resurrection – Not all believe
- Plagues against Pharaoh – He should have worshiped God
- His heart was hardened
- The religious leaders – Plenty of evidence
Isaiah 6:9 NKJV
Matthew 16:17 NKJV
John 18:9 NKJV
HOW DOES GOD WORK?
- God sees who will come and these are His chosen?
- God knows all things
- He knows the various combinations
- Equal call to all
- Passive participation
- Or does God effectually calls those who come?
- Jesus went after Thomas
- Thomas had a week to come on his own
- He didn’t
- Does Thomas come against his will?
- Did Jesus call everyone the same way?
- Did he appear to the High Priests?
- The Sanhedrin?
- The government?
- No, to a locked room with the disciples
- Why not appear today???
- DO YOU BELIEVE IN CHANCE?
- The Bible does not teach CHANCE!
- REPEAT – The Bible does not teach chance!
- Huge PROBLEM today!
- By chance the world was created
- By chance someone is sick
- By chance someone is well, on and on…
Proverbs 16:33 NKJV
- Worse than chance!, I will fight this battle and win
- I will go and do this or that
- You abandon chance AND adopt self-determination
- Self-determination – A good word???? – god’s??
James 4:15-16 NKJV
- ANOTHER EXAMPLE (weekly reading)
Genesis 24:12-14 NKJV
- Abraham’s servant is tasked with finding a wife for Isaac
- Drink and I will water your camels also.
- Let her be the one
- Before he had finished speaking!
- Rebekah shows up!
- Rebekah does exactly this!
- How can this happen with ONLY God’s foreknowledge?
- Can God’s foreknowledge affect Abraham’s servant’s prayer?
- Can God’s foreknowledge affect Rebekah’s response?
- No, this requires divine intervention!
- Did Abraham’s servant willing pray this prayer?
- Did Rebekah willingly do all the things in the prayer?
- Was she forced by God to water the animals?
- God intervened in Thomas’s life
- God intervenes in our life
- In salvation by the GOSPEL!
- By the WORDS of GOD!
John 20:31 NKJV
- You have the evidence
- You have been shown the truth
- You have listened to the words of Christ
- I pray:
- Your heart becomes a heart of flesh
- Being shown, you will see
- In listening, you will hear
John 20:30 NKJV
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- George Burns (Played God in, Oh, God!)
- 775 Pages
- Buffalo Bill
- 481 Pages
John 21:25 NKJV
- Pick up and read (listen)
- The entire Bible is written about Jesus
- 39 authors