"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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John 20:19-31 Commentary
by Thomas B. Slater
The disciples were in seclusion because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities.
They were fearful of being arrested and suffering the same fate as Jesus. They still did not believe Mary’s story that Jesus was alive. The doors were locked and Jesus appeared before them.
Reflections on John 20:20
Jesus showed them his wounds and then they rejoiced. It is noteworthy that like so many of us the disciples had to see Jesus for themselves. For them, the movement ended with the crucifixion of Jesus. They were totally unprepared for the resurrection. The words of John 16:16-24 which foretold of Jesus’ death and return to the Father had not take root in their lives. They did not believe Mary’s report. They only believed when they saw Jesus for themselves.
Reflections on John 20:21
Jesus now sends them out just as God the Father has sent them. This is a recurring pattern in John’s Gospel: the connection between heaven and earth, God and the Johannine community. God the Father has sent Jesus to Earth to proclaim God’s message of love for humankind. ...
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2019-20 Worship resources
The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
Narrative Lectionary 129: Thomas
April 27, 2014
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Cameron Howard for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 4 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the text for April 27, 2014: John 20:19-31. Accompanying reading: Psalm 145:13-21.