Bible Stories for Adults
Jesus Appears to Thomas
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Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. John 20:29
Jesus First Appears Easter Morning (John 20:10-18)
Who did Jesus appear to first after He rose?
Did she recognize Jesus as soon as she saw Him?
How did she come to realize who He really was?
What did Mary do when she realized her Lord was really alive?
How did the disciples react to this terrific news?
Jesus Appears Again Easter Morning (Matthew 28:8-10)
Who did He appear to next?
What did Jesus say to them?
How did the disciples react to this amazing confirmation of Mary's earlier report?
Jesus Appears Easter Afternoon (Luke 24:13-32)
What happened as a couple of believers walked back home to Emmaus that afternoon?
Were they more observant than Mary and recognize Jesus when He caught up with them?
How did they explain Jesus' story to this stranger?
How did Jesus answer their confusion?
How did they finally recognize who this stranger really was?
The Response of Believers (Luke 24:33-35)
Although it was dark and dangerous outside, what did these disciples do?
Had anything else happened since these men had left Jerusalem?
Luke 24:34 (1 Corinthians 15:5)
After hearing this update from the apostles, what did the two do?
After four appearances, did the apostles finally believe and understand?
Jesus' Fifth Appearance (Luke 24:36-43)
What amazing thing then happened that helped them believe?
Did Jesus just sneak through the door and walk in?
With this new strong evidence, did the disciples finally believe and understand?
The Resurrected Body (1 Corinthians 15:35-50)
How does Paul help explain why Jesus wasn't recognized and could appear behind doors?
1 Corinthians 15:35, 39-40
How is the resurrected body different than the earthly body?
1 Corinthians 15:41-44
What analogy does Paul give us to help understand that we don't keep our earthly bodies?
1 Corinthians 15:36-38
How does Paul describe the resurrected Jesus?
1 Corinthians 15:45-47
What does this mean for us?
1 Corinthians 15:48-50
No Need For Ghostbusters (Luke 24:38-41)
How did Jesus try to prove that He wasn't just a ghost?
Why didn't He say "flesh and blood"?
Leviticus 17:11 (10-14)
Now, did these doubting disciples finally believe and understand?
Let's Try Another Approach (Luke 24:41-43)
What else did Jesus do to prove it was really Him in the flesh?
Did this help convince these skeptical disciples?
How does Mark record Jesus' appearance to the doubting and scared apostles?
Note: Luke 24:44-49 is understood to have occurred weeks later, after time in Galilee (v49)
His Peace (John 20:21)
What words did Jesus repeat that He first said when He appeared to the disciples?
What was He saying more than just Hello?
Did this Peace mean that they would be freed from troubles?
Are Christ's disciples to avoid the world and Peacefully await His return?
How can we Peacefully be of this world?
The Office of the Keys (John 20:22-23)
How did Jesus give His Peace to the apostles?
How could Jesus give His Spirit just by breathing on them?
What privilege and responsibility came with this giving of the Spirit?
Why is this called the Office of the Keys?
How do we Christians know which sins to forgive and which not to forgive?
1 John 1:8-10
What are we to do with those who do not confess and repent?
What does this mean? Shouldn't we be proud of freely forgiving sins of fellow Christians?
1 Corinthians 5:6-7, 12-13
What are we to do when the excommunicated finally sees his sin and repents?
2 Corinthians 2:6-8
Doubting Thomas (John 20:24-26)
Was Jesus' appearance to the apostles enough proof for most disciples that He was alive?
Was Thomas known for having a slow and doubting faith?
John 11:7-8, 16
When was Thomas given this special opportunity to personally see and feel Jesus alive?
John 14:2, 4-5
Thomas' Great Confession (John 20:27-29)
Did Jesus know what Thomas had said?
Did Thomas put his finger into Jesus' hands and his hand into His side as he said?
What message did Jesus leave for those of us who weren't around to physically see Him?
How are we blessed?
1 Peter 1:8-9
Other Appearances (John 20:30-31)
Was this the last appearance Jesus made before ascending?
Does John try to record all of these?
Why does John give us the stories that he does?
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