TRUE OR FALSE?
1 In space it is impossible to cry?
True (there is no gravity, so tears cannot flow)
2 “Copyrightable” is the longest word in the English language that can be written without repeating a letter?
False (it’s “uncopyrightable”)
3 Slug’s don’t have any noses?
False (they have four)
4 Most Eskimoes have fridges?
True (to keep their food from freezing)
5 An Ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain?
6 Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb, was afraid of the dark?
7 There are no anagrams of the word “stationed”?
8 Taphephobia is the fear of losing your teeth?
False (it’s the fear of being buried alive)
9 Over 80,000 photographs are taken around the world every second?
False (approximately 2,700 are)
10 The letter “t” is the second most common letter used in the English language?
19-20Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.
20-21The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.”
22-23Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”
24-25But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.”
But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”
26Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”
27Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”
28Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”
29Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”
30-31Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.
John 20:24-31 (The Message)
Talk –What happened next?
I used to watch a Question of Sport on the TV. Anyone else watch it?
One of my favourite parts of the show was the round What happened next? Sue Barker would show a clip from the vast BBC archives and stop the clip at a key moment and ask the teams ‘What happened next…?’ Now the format had changed a bit over time, but here is a one of those clips to watch.
I reckon that the whole “Jesus dies and Christians claim there is a resurrection thing” is a “What happened next kind of thing”
Thomas, was of one of Jesus’ followers, but if Sue Barker was asking the questions perhaps you can imagine the scene.
This is Sue speaking.
We are now going to play the What happened next round. Are the Captains ready? Thomas nods.
Jesus has been a popular rabbi and speakers attracting quite a crowd of followers ‘til a group decide he is no longer flavour of the month. To cut a long story short, Jesus is crucified and buried. What happens next?Is it
A. Grave robbers came and pinched the body
B. The women on the day after his death went to embalm the body as usual and performed their duties correctly
C. Jesus rose from the dead in bodily form and appeared to his followers on several occasions over a 40 day period.
So Thomas what do you answer.
To start with I think Thomas would have answered B. The women on the day after his death went to embalm the body as usual and performed their duties correctly
All that Thomas ever knew was that dead people remained exactly that,…. dead. The women would go and do their thing with the body. Why would it be any different? Perhaps even his absence from the first appearance by Jesus to the Disciples was Thomas living out how he saw things. It was all over as far as he was concerned Jesus was dead, why meet any longer?
But the rest of Thomas’ team see m to have a different answer and way of looking at things because of something they have seen, something they have experienced. It is not until 8 days later that Thomas has to reconsider his answer
8 days later Jesus appears to his Disciples and thius time Thomas is with them. He is able to put his fingers in the holes of the wounds and nail marks. He is able to believe and he worships Jesus.
What happened next for Thomas was very different to what he was expecting. Doubting was turned to faith and belief.
So what happened next? You too have to decide. John gives us a hint too in v31,
31Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.
Do some investigating.
Don’t lean on what you think you might know. One day it might not be there to lean on, just like the cyclist at the start of the presentation.