by James Merritt

Where the Rubber Hits the Road
James Merritt
John 20:24-25


1. The only disciple that has ever given us a nickname is the one that is discussed in this passage of scripture, and from this disciple we get the nickname ‘‘Doubting Thomas.’’ In this case, Thomas earned the label.

2. Every time you see Thomas in the gospels he is pessimistic; he is cynical; he is questioning something. Thomas saw every glass as half empty, rather than half full. He could see a dark lining in every silver cloud. He’s like the man who would feel bad when he felt good, because he was afraid he would feel worse when he felt better.

3. There are some people who are just naturally negative. They have a ‘‘no’’ mentality. There was a parent who was being badgered by his son to do certain things. He just continuously said no to his son. His son said, ‘‘Dad, can I go out and play?’’ He said, ‘‘No!’’ He said, ‘‘Can I go over and see Johnny?’’ He said, No!’’ He said, ‘‘Can I have a bowl of ice cream?’’ He said, ‘‘No!’’

4. Well finally the son got aggravated and he said, ‘‘You know, I didn’t ask to be your son; I didn’t ask to be a part of this family.’’ The Dad said, ‘‘It’s a good thing you didn’t, for the answer would have been no.’’

5. Saying no came naturally to Thomas. Now Thomas had another name, Didymus, which literally means ‘‘twin.’’ I believe Thomas has many twins in this world today. Some of them are here this morning. You have serious doubts about Jesus.

6. Now you may be saying, ‘‘Why I do not doubt Jesus. I believe Jesus is the Son of God.’’ Well you can believe that and still be a doubter. Did you know that nine out of ten Americans say they believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but only three out of ten have chosen to accept Him as Lord and Savior.1 That is where the rubber hits the road.

7. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and as your God and as your Savior, you are a doubter. I want to help you deal with your doub ...

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