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Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. [25] So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

[26] Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” [27] Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” [28] Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” [29] Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  (John 20:24-29 ESV)

“Seriously?  You’re telling me you believe that a man rose from the dead?  You actually believe that?”  Have you ever had a friend ask you a question like this and you’re not sure how to answer?  Or have you yourself ever wondered if Jesus’ resurrection ever actually happened?  Have you ever thought, “Where’s the proof for the resurrection?”  Did you know there were those in the Bible who doubted the resurrection?  One of Jesus’ own followers Thomas doubted the resurrection.  Thomas asked for proof of the resurrection.  He doubted until Jesus showed him his nail-scarred hands.  This Easter Sunday you’re invited to touch the nail scarred hands of Jesus, so to speak.   It’s my hope you’ll come away from the message more solidified in your faith and knowing how to lovingly answer those who doubt the resurrection. This is a great Sunday to invite your friends who might be wondering about the faith.  It’s my hope we’ll all leave the day saying what Thomas said upon touching the nail scarred hands, “My Lord and My God!”  Come celebrate with us this Sunday, 11am, at Hyatt Place Hotel in Grandview Yard.

By His Grace,