John 20:24-29 – Jesus appears to Thomas
Today we are looking at some events that happened once Jesus had risen from the dead.
Read the passage either as it is written here from the NIV bible or from a version you have at home:
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’
But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though 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; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’
28 Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’
29 Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’
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Questions to think about:
Here are some questions to think about. The verses the answers are found in are given in brackets.
- What do we learn about Thomas in verse 24? (24)
- What did the other disciples tell him? (25)
- How did Thomas respond? (25)
- Why do you think he doubted what they told him?
- What happened a week later? (26)
- What did Jesus say to Thomas? (27)
- How did Thomas respond to seeing Jesus? (28)
- What does what Thomas said to Jesus tell us about who he believed Jesus was? (28)
- What does Jesus then say? (29)
- What do you think Jesus means when he says ‘blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’? (29)
Questions to discuss:
- It is normal to sometimes have doubts. Are there things you find it hard to believe?
- The gospel writers Mathew, Mark, Luke and John worked very hard to record lots of events of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection so that it would help us to believe even though we haven’t seen Jesus ourselves. How does the bible help us in any doubts we might have?
- Is there anything you would like to say thank you to God for from reading this passage?
Listen to this song which reminds us of some of the events from when Jesus died and rose again:
You will need:
- A4 paper
- Pencils and pens
- On your piece of paper draw round both your hands
- Now draw a red circle on each hand to demonstrate Jesus showing Thomas his wounds, you can also colour in the hands and outline them in pen if you like.
- Write the quote from John 20 verse 29 on your paper: ‘Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’
Father God, thank you that Jesus rose again. Thank you that his disciples and many others saw him alive. Thank you that these events are written down do that we can believe too. Amen.