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JOHN 20:19-29 – IN THE ROOM

LIFE OF CHRIST #59 

In John 20:19-29 we find Jesus doing things for the Apostles that He still does for us.  These are things that make Him a wonderful Savior, Master, and Lord.

In our resurrection studies in the Life of Christ, we’ve already been “At the Tomb” and “On the Road” with the risen Lord.  Now we are “In the Room”, the Upper Room, discovering that: 

JESUS COMFORTS – Vss. 19-20 

Vs. 19 – The doors were shut.  This was a private, secret meeting.  By now the Jewish leaders knew that the tomb was empty.  It would seem very possible that the Jews would come looking for the Apostles to start persecuting them.  The Apostles, no doubt feared for their lives. 

Suddenly, Jesus appeared among them in the room.  He hadn’t knocked. He hadn’t walked through the door. He hadn’t made any noise. He just appeared. 

The first words out of Jesus’ mouth were the typical Jewish greeting, “Peace be with you.” 

These words for these disciples were more than a typical Jewish greeting. It was Jesus’ plan for their lives that they would live in peace, no matter what was going on. 

Jesus comes and the first thing He says is “Peace”.

He gave no rebuke, or tirade.

He did not scream “How could you!”

He did not lay a “guilt trip” on them.

Instead, he says, “Peace.” 

My dear friend, Jesus comes to give you peace. Romans 5:1, John 14:27, John 16:33 

Vs. 20 – In the Upper Room, it was time for “show and tell”.  The Lord Jesus showed them the wounds. I imagine that he even invited them to touch, to feel, to see, that indeed he had died, but now he had risen from the dead.  

…Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. 

Of course they were glad.  Their master, whom they knew had been dead was now alive! 

My friend, you too will be glad when you see the Lord!

First, you need to see Him as your Savior, trusting Him for forgiveness and eternal life. That will make you glad! 

Then on a daily basis you will be glad as you see the Lord!

Look for Him as you pray.

Look for Him as you read your Bible.

Look for Him as you worship in church.

Look for Him as you listen to a sermon.

Look for Him as you visit with friends.

Look for Him in nature. 

The more you see the Lord Jesus Christ in your daily life the happier you will be.

The Lord Jesus wants it to be that way.  John 14:16-18

JESUS COMMISSIONS – Vss. 21-23    

Vs. 21 – Jesus again wishes peace on his disciples.  This is my own personal opinion, but I believe that Jesus repeated the wish of peace because of the challenges that were ahead for the disciples and us.  Sharing the Gospel and facing the opposition will often be dangerous and/or frustrating, but when we are going for Jesus, we go in His peace. 

…As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 

  • The Father sent the Lord Jesus from the comfort of Heaven.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us from the comfort of our own little world.
  • The Father sent Jesus to a lost and dying world.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us to a lost and dying world.
  • The Father sent Jesus to represent the Father.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us to represent Him.
  • The Father sent Jesus to those who would accept Him.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us to those who will accept Him and us.
  • The Father sent Jesus to those who would reject Him.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us to those who will reject Jesus and us.
  • The Father sent the Lord Jesus with the Gospel.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us with that same great Gospel. John 3:16, Mark 16:15

Vs. 22 – Jesus did something very interesting here. There is much controversy as whether the words of Jesus were fulfilled right then or at Pentecost.  Actually, it really doesn’t matter, but I feel that it was at Pentecost. 

I believe that Jesus was symbolically telling the disciples what was going to happen. God, the Holy Spirit would be the power behind the ministry of his followers, both the disciples and us. Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 5:18-21 

Vs. 23 – This verse is not telling the believer that he has the authority to decide who is forgiven and who is not forgiven of their sins. 

The Christian as he goes and shares the Gospel with others can and should announce that a person is truly forgiven of sin if he or she has turned to Christ and trusted Him as Savior. Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 16:31 

We also have the authority to tell the person who refuses to trust Christ as Savior that their sins are not forgiven. John 3:17-18   

JESUS CONFIRMS – Vss. 24-28 

Vs. 24 – Thomas missed church! Look what He missed!  

We don’t know why Thomas was absent.  Some people handle grief differently than others.  Perhaps Thomas felt too miserable to be around others. 

Vs. 25 – You can image the joy with which the disciples share with Thomas, whose name means “twin”, that they had seen the Lord. 

You can also imagine the sadness they experienced when Thomas responded with the words, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 

Thomas was a loyal disciple, and perhaps a pessimist. John 11:16    

But was Thomas any different from the other disciples?  Not really.  Most of them struggled with unbelief as well, before they saw the risen Lord.   

Vs. 26 – I find it interesting that the Lord Jesus did not appear to Thomas immediately. He had to wait 8 days before Jesus would give him his wish. 

Perhaps Thomas needed 8 days for heart preparation so his heart would be soft when Jesus did appear to Him.

When the Lord confirms things to us, he doesn’t always do it immediately. 

Sometimes He will delay in giving us directions, or speaking the specific word of comfort, or giving the “sign” that we need. 

I believe He does it that way so that we have time to think, pray, and trust Him, even if we don’t have an immediate answer. 

When Jesus did appear, He began by again assuring the disciples, including Thomas, of His bequest of peace. 

I’m so glad that the Lord Jesus through His Word, His Spirit, and Christian friends is constantly reassuring us of His peace, even in times of stress. 

Vs. 27 – Jesus invites Thomas to do exactly what He said he wanted to do in order to believe.  “Come, Thomas help yourself! Examine my wounds! Stop being faithless! Start believing!” 

The Lord is very creative, and will do what He needs to do to confirm to you that He is here and has not forsaken you! 

Vs. 28 – Give Thomas credit.  When the risen Christ became real to Him, the Lord Jesus had his total allegiance. 

Whether he actually placed His hands in the side and hands of the Lord Jesus, nobody knows for sure.

But what we do know is that Thomas was totally convinced of the resurrection and totally committed to Christ’s deity and Lordship. 

When the Lord Jesus confirms that He is alive and well, and a vital part of your life, your response should be the same, “My Lord and my God!”  He is worthy of total allegiance on our part. 

JESUS CHALLENGES – Vs. 29 

Vs. 29 – This challenge is not for Thomas, it’s for us! 

Thomas believed because he saw.

We have the blessing of believing without seeing Jesus Christ literally raised from the Dead. 

There is a special joy given to each of us when take that step of belief, based on what the Word of God says. 

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

1 Peter 1:8 – Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 

Have you experienced the joy that comes with believing without seeing?  This morning is your morning of opportunity to trust Christ as your Savior, if you have never done so before.    

JESUS COMFORTS – Vss. 19-20

JESUS COMMISSIONS – Vss. 21-23

JESUS CONFIRMS – Vss. 24-28

JESUS CHALLENGES – Vs. 29

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MATTHEW 9:23-27 – STORMY WEATHER

LIFE OF CHRIST #24 

We all face trials and troubles often.  It is what Cole Porter called “Stormy Weather” in a song that he wrote.  

There were a couple of times when the disciples faced storms on the Sea of Galilee.  

As we look at this story about literal storm, we also learn lessons about the figurative storms that cause trials and troubles in our lives.  Let’s see what lessons we can learn this morning about stormy weather. 

STORMY WEATHER IS BEST FACED WHEN JESUS IS IN THE BOAT 

Vs. 23 – Think of the boat as our lives.

Although God is present everywhere, there is a special sense in which God is present in our lives.  When He indwells us, He has taken up special residence inside of us. John 14:16-17 

God the Holy Spirit dwells inside of the Christian.

He is there to guide us, protect us, keep us, teach us, and comfort us.

And God has promised the Christian that this presence is unending! Hebrews 13:5-6 

You have heard people say, and might have said yourself, “I wouldn’t want to face this problem without the Lord!”

How true!  If God is willing to take up residence in our lives through his Holy Spirit it would be dumb not to avail ourselves of His presence. 

When you trust Christ as your payment for sins, you are what the Bible calls, born again, by the Spirit of God.  And God the Holy Spirit takes up residence in your life. Romans 8:9    

If you have truly trusted Christ as your Savior, you have God’s presence in your life no matter what the storm may be.  Make sure that you have Christ in the boat that is your life!    

STORMY WEATHER RESULTS FROM OBEDIENCE   

Vs. 23 – The Lord Jesus entered the boat.  The disciples followed Him into the boat. It was the Lord Jesus who decided where they were going. Luke 8:22 

The disciples ended up in a storm on the Sea of Galilee because they were following Jesus in obedience.

Of course, being obedient to God as a Christian and following Jesus’ leadership in our lives is the right thing to do. Luke 9:23-24 

Following Jesus after trusting Him for forgiveness does not mean that it will be an easy life.  In fact, we will have storms. 2 Timothy 3:12, James 1:2-4 

The storms that Jesus leads through will make us strong and mature.  And I’d rather follow Jesus in the middle of a storm than to not follow Jesus.  Being in the center of the Lord’s will is always the safest place to be. 

But you’ll also face storms if you’re not obedient to God. 

Would you rather face storms being in the center of God’s will, or out of God’s will? Which makes the most sense?   

STORMY WEATHER IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

Vs. 24 – I don’t have to tell you how dangerous storms can be.  Just consider last year’s tsunami and hurricanes Ivan and Rita.

This storm was a very violent storm, and even seasoned fishermen like Peter, Andrew, James, and John were having trouble with it. 

The storms of life which we face are also dangerous.

Sometimes we will be in physical danger because of persecution, accidents or illness.

Other times we are in emotional danger with our “storms” threatening to overwhelm us with fear and/or depression.

Other times we are in Spiritual danger, with Satan’s attacks challenging us to give up or to sin. 

And this verse alludes to another danger.  We might be concerned because in the midst of the storm God appears to be asleep.  He does not seem to be responding to our problems during the storm.  He seems to be silent. 

Our Lord Jesus was able to sleep because He had a human body that got tired.  He was also able to sleep because, being sinless, He had a clean conscience.  He was also able to sleep, because He quietly allowed Himself to rest in the hands of His loving Heavenly Father.

If you are doing what is right before the Lord, confessing your sins as a Christian, and striving to live for Him, don’t panic when God appears to be asleep. He’ll show Himself to be very much alive at just the right time. 

STORMY WEATHER INVOKES FEAR AND PANIC 

Vs. 25 – When storms come we tend to fear. And sometimes when storms come we will go into a panic.  The situation seems to be absolutely hopeless! 

Humans tend to be fearful.  If we didn’t tend to be fearful, God would not have put so many verses in the Bible telling us not to be afraid. I’ll just give you two samples, but there are many more “do not fear” verses in the Bible. Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 41:10 

We tend to fear and worry about what might happen but hasn’t happened.

We tend to fear and worry about the future.

We tend to fear and worry about the opinions of others.

We tend to fear and worry about our children, our parents, our spouses. 

Then comes the times our problems are so real to us that they tend to overwhelm us.  We hit the panic mode. 

Yes, many fears are justified.  But there is a proper way to handle fear.

These seasoned fishermen were literally in over their heads and they knew it, coming to Jesus in panic. 

STORMY WEATHER REQUIRES PRAYER AND FAITH 

Vs. 25 – The disciples awoke the Lord Jesus.

Their anxious prayer was an indication that they had come to the end of themselves, and that they had at least a little faith that Jesus could help. 

I personally think that they waited too long to ask Jesus for help.  The moment things got a little stormy, I think they should have come to Him. 

We are like that.  If things seem to be just a little stormy or troublesome, we’ll just worry over it and try to solve it ourselves, instead of bringing it to God right away.

But when problems get full blown, we come in a panic with a little, but not much faith that God can help. Philippians 4:6, James 1:5-8 

Vs. 26 – Note that Jesus did not rebuke the disciples for waking Him up.  Like I said, I feel that He would have welcomed being woken up sooner.    

Notice our Lord’s calm rebuke in the midst of the storm.

He was not in a panic. He’s totally under control.  He can even take the time to rebuke the disciples before He did anything.  He is master of the situation. 

Let’s remember when we give our stormy problems to God He is not in a panic.  He can solve the problem leisurely if He chooses to.  There is no reason to get in a dither or bent out of shape. 

STORMY WEATHER REVEALS THE GLORY AND POWER OF GOD 

Vs. 26 – Jesus said the word and there was perfect calm. It was like there had been no storm. There was no rocking of the waves that normally follow a storm. There was perfect peace. 

When Jesus speaks the Word there is perfect peace.

Sometimes the problem totally disappears, but more often than not the place where the greatest miracle has occurred is inside of us. 

We are at peace.

God has calmed the ragging in our souls. 

Vs. 27 – The disciples were absolutely amazed!  The Lord Jesus had done what they had never seen before.  A human being told the storm to cease and it did.  The winds obeyed Him! The waves obey Him. 

They had a new appreciation for the power of Jesus!

They had a new appreciation for the glory of Jesus!

And when Jesus calms our storms, we too, should have a new appreciation for the power and glory of the Lord Jesus.

We should be amazed!

We should be filled with praise and worship.

We should be ready to trust Him when an even bigger storm comes. 

STORMY WEATHER IS BEST FACED WHEN JESUS IS IN THE BOAT

STORMY WEATHER RESULTS FROM OBEDIENCE

STORMY WEATHER IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

STORMY WEATHER INVOKES FEAR AND PANIC

STORMY WEATHER REQUIRES PRAYER AND FAITH

STORMY WEATHER REVEALS THE GLORY AND POWER OF GOD