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Thomas-The Missing Disciple (9 of 13)
12 Men Who Changed The World
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at John chapter 20 if you would. We have been in a series of studies since the middle of February on the 12 ordinary men who Jesus called and commissioned to become His disciples. And what we've been doing in this simple series of sermons is simply looking at and learning from the strengths as well as the weaknesses of these men who walked with Jesus. And this morning we come to one of best known of all of the disciples, but the sad thing about this disciple is that he is best known for his weakness and not his strength. He's best known for his doubt and not his faith. He's best known for where he wasn't instead of where he was.
Look there in John chapter 20, beginning with verse 19 if you would. (Now, we looked at this passage on Easter Sunday morning, and we even dealt with some of the things that we're going to be studying today, but this morning I want us to delve and dive deeper into this incident that marked and marred the life of this doubting disciple.) "19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.21 So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you."22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.23 "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came."
Here we have the strange case of the missing disciple. This is the story of the disciple who mis ...
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