Jesus Appears To The Disciples - April 11, 2021

Bible Study “Jesus Appears To The Disciples”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

As Easter people we know, as Paul said, that nothing, not even death, shall separate us from the love of God. We are people who expect life out of death. And so, in Eastertide we celebrate the wonder and prepare ourselves to take the awesome message out into the world on Pentecost.

Faith:

  • Faith is a lifelong process that leads us from unbelief to a belief in a risen Christ.
  • As we struggle with doubt or unbelief, we need the support of others.
  • Jesus shows great compassion for us when our faith becomes weak.
  • Our identity, our sense of self-awareness and esteem, comes from Christ.
  • By grace we are blessed with faith.

 

Opening Prayer: Amid all that is going on in our lives and in our world, we have the assurance of your Peace with us, in us, and in all we do. Help us to calm our anxieties and commit ourselves to fall into this Peace. Amen.

 

Please open your Bibles to John 20:19-31 and read or read the scriptures below. 

John 20:19-31

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though 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; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of John’s Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Reflection Questions:

  • When is this happening? (Soon after the crucifixion.)
  • Why are the disciples so terrified? (Jesus was killed and they are worried they might be next.)
  • Why do you suppose the first thing Jesus says to them is “Peace be with you”? (Perhaps they had heard him say it so often they would immediately know it was Jesus or possibly because he was keenly aware of their stress and knew that nothing he said would be heard until he could help them calm down.)
  • Why would Jesus “breathe” on them? (The word for “breath” and “spirit” are the same in Hebrew. His disciples understood that life and spirit come from the breath of God.)
  • In verse 23 we understand that what Jesus is saying has to do with the priest’s power to accept penance and pronounce forgiveness. How might this be applied to each of us? (Look at the Lord's Prayer: “And forgive us...”)
  • Notice how Jesus deals with Thomas' doubt. What implications do we see for helping others in their doubt?
  • Where you find yourself in this story?
  • What you would do if we were one of the disciples and Jesus appeared in our midst.
  • Can you think of a time Jesus appeared in your midst? What was that like?

 

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Videos (Click on the words or url)

John 20:19-31 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vyDRZVXc9Y

LYRICS (John 20:31) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQGJue-YiPA

Activities:

Jesus Appears to the Disciples Fill in the Blank:

Word Search:  https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/2225376/jesus-appears-to-the-disciples/

Crossword Puzzle:

Believing is Seeing: Geo Gebra - https://www.geogebra.org/m/fveDB2ZV

BELIEVE ACROSTIC: On a piece of paper write B-E-L-I-E-V-E down the left side of the paper and write words of each of the letters that would help you BELIEVE or ideas of what JESUS done done to help us BELIEVE, etc.

Prayer:  Gracious and life giving God, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, who knows us by name, and calls us to join him in the resurrection feast this Easter time. Be with us as we go into the world that we may find you in the signs of spring, in our name being called, and in the things that we do. Amen.