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When Thomas Doubted
Second Sunday of Easter

from the book
The Vine and the Branches
Eight Sermons For The Easter Season

Jerry L. Schmalenberger

John 20:19-31


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A German was the guest of a Frenchman who asked him how they distinguished between an optimist and a pessimist in Germany. 'It is very simple,' replied the German. 'The optimists are learning English and the pessimists are learning Russian!' Thomas would be learning Russian! One person has described a pessimist as someone who burns his bridges behind him and then crosses them before he gets to them. Another claims a pessimist is one who, of two evils, chooses them both! That may well describe Thomas.

To Thomas, the cross was only what he had expected. When Jesus had suggested going to Bethany, when the news of the illness of Lazarus had come, Thomas' reaction had been: 'Let us also go, that we may die with him (John 11:16).'

Thomas never lacked courage, but Thomas was a natural pessimist. What Thomas had expected to happen had happened. When it came, Thomas was broken-hearted. So brokenhearted was he that he wanted to be ...

This Second Sunday of Easter sermon, When Thomas Doubted, is based on John 20:19-31 and relates to Second Sunday of Easter of Cycle of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book The Vine and the Branches. 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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