by Brad Whitt

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A Word of Confidence (3 of 5)
Series: Easter Encounters
Brad Whitt
John 20:19-29

INTRO: Take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at John, chapter 20 as we continue our series of studies that we've entitled ''Easter Encounters.''

So far in our study -

We've seen Jesus's encounter with Mary that gave her comfort.
We've listened to the communication - conversation - that Jesus had when He encountered those two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
And this morning we're going to see the confidence that Jesus gave to Thomas in his encounter there in the Upper Room.

ILLUS: You know you're going to have a BAD day when:

Your horn sticks on the freeway behind 32 Hell's Angels.
The worst player on the golf course wants to play you for money.
Your birthday cake collapses from the weight of the candles.
Your twin sister forgets your birthday.
Your 4-year-old tells you that it's almost impossible to flush a grapefruit down the toilet.
You discover that your 12-year-old's idea of humor is putting crazy glue in your Preparation H.
The bird singing outside your window is a vulture.
Your income tax refund check bounces.
You compliment the boss's wife on her unusual perfume and she isn't wearing any.
You receive a 150 page instruction booklet on how to save money...from the electric company.
Your doctor tells you that you are allergic to chocolate chip cookies.
Everyone is laughing but you.

You know it's going to be a bad day. But, as bad as that kind of day is, it's nothing like the days - the week really - that the disciples had just experienced. And maybe the kind of week the disciples had is the kind of week you just completed.

But, Easter not only proves that Jesus Christ is who He claims to be, BUT it's the most important event in history. And the reason for that is because it is His Resurrection that gives us -

Purpose in living
Peace in being
And a hope when all hope is gone.

Look around today - look into the ...

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