Shattering the Dark Night of Doubt by Jim Henry

Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
John 20:24-31

A father was with his two sons aged 15 and 9. They were talking about life. The 15-year-old son said, "When you are over 30 you just don't have anything to worry about Dad." Of course he had not gotten there yet so he didn't know. He said, "When you are over 30 you don't have to worry about girls, dates, or who you are going to marry. You don't have to worry about taking test, final exams, job, or drugs. You don't have to worry about anything." The nine- year-old said, "Well, I guess that is right but, on the other hand, you don't have much to look forward to, either."

I am sure that if you had asked Thomas after the crucifixion, that is what he would have said. "You don't have much to look forward to." It seemed like everything was over. Thomas had gotten that nickname, "Doubting Thomas," for a reason. You know people get nicknames hung on them sometimes early in life. I am sure everybody here can remember somebody you were in school with or somebody you worked with that had a nickname that just kind of stuck with them. I can remember a guy in high school, named Shug; I will never forget him. In college there was a guy named Slats. Another guy named Skinny. There are just guys that you remember by their nicknames. It just sticks with them. When you think of Thomas, real quick you will say, "Doubting Thomas." It just kind of jumps out at you. His doubt became a midnight that Jesus shattered. I want to talk to you about that this morning.

In the Gospel of John 20:24, we read this passage that concerns our friend Thomas. Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 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 it."

A week later his discip ...

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