The Two Thomases

Last Tuesday evening I heard C. L. Thomas speak. Thomas is an apologist—someone who provides a reasoned defense for faith.

His topic was “What is Significant about the Christian Worldview?”

It was obvious he had done his homework. He gave compelling reasons why the worldview espoused by Christians best fits reality.

His presentation was anything but a dry recitation of evidence. He was obviously passionate about his message, and it clearly resonated with his audience of mostly university students.

Convinced by the evidence

I’m reminded of another Thomas, the apostle who was absent the evening Jesus appeared to His disciples after rising from the dead.

Later, when the other ten apostles told Thomas they had seen Jesus alive, he refused to believe it.

One week later Jesus appeared once again, and this time Thomas was present.

When Jesus invited him to touch the scars in his hands and side, Thomas could only exclaim, “My Lord and my God!”

He, along with the other apostles, became lifelong apologists for the risen Christ. They all were threatened by the authorities for preaching the resurrected Christ. They were imprisoned, they were beaten, and many of them paid for their testimony with their blood.

The evidence still stands

Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed” (John 20:29).

No, we didn’t see what they saw, but because of their powerful eyewitness testimony, recorded in Scripture, we can believe exactly what they did—“that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing . . . have life in His name” (John 20: 30-31).

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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“Come and See”

Tall claims!

In the first chapter of John’s Gospel are more names and titles for Jesus than perhaps anywhere else in the Bible.

He is the Word, God, Light, Lord, Lamb of God, Jesus of Nazareth, Messiah, Rabbi, King of Israel, Son of God, Son of Man.

He created all things, was made flesh, and He takes away the sin of the world.

Toward the end of the chapter, Philip tells Nathanael about Jesus of Nazareth. Nathanael finds it incredible that anything good could come from Nazareth!

“Come and see,” says Philip.

Sufficient evidence?

When he did, skeptical Nathanael becomes believing Nathanael: “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel” (vv. 45-49).

Does the evidence John presents in his Gospel warrant faith?

Read and see (John 20:24-31).

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Too Good to be True?

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

But what if . . . ?

A big claim vindicated

Jesus told His apostles He would rise from the dead. It didn’t sink in. After reports began coming in that He was alive, the apostles would not believe it. But later, when confronted with such overwhelming evidence they could not deny, they then believed.

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Another big claim (awaiting vindication)

Jesus spoke of another resurrection—of faithful believers (John 5:28-29; 6:40; 11:25-26). The Scriptures boldly claim that the saved will be dramatically changed into glorious beings far more wonderful than we could possibly imagine (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 John 3:2-3).

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory . . .” (Philippians 3:20-21a).

Too good to be true?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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