July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

The Last Beatitude

Second Sunday of Easter

from the book
The Lord Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! He Really Is!
Gospel Sermons For Lent/Easter

Richard L. Sheffield

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What the disciples of Jesus reported to their fellow disciple Thomas they had seen seemed unbelievable. And Thomas didn't believe it! They said they saw Jesus alive. Well, Thomas saw him alive until late the previous Friday afternoon when Thomas saw him dead. It was now Sunday afternoon -- and to what they said they saw, Thomas' response was, "Seeing is believing," and until I see something different from what I have already seen, I will not believe a word of what you say.

And for that little exchange, Thomas has gone down in history, not as the disciple Thomas, but as "doubting Thomas" -- with his own entry in the dictionary! I looked it up. In the dictionary in the church library, a "doubting Thomas" is defined as "a person who refuses to believe without proof; (a) skeptic."1

And not just about Jesus. About anything. A "doubting Thomas" is one who when presented with an assertion of fact, asserts his or...

This Second Sunday of Easter sermon, The Last Beatitude, is based on John 20:19-31 and relates to Second Sunday of Easter of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book The Lord Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! He Really Is! . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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