In John’s version of the resurrection account, after placing his hands in Christ’s wounds, Thomas says to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” Was this just an exclamation of surprise, or was this a confession of Jesus’ divinity? Also, what did Jesus first say to his followers when he first revealed himself to them? On this program, the hosts will discuss the second half of chapter 20 in their continuing series through the Gospel of John.
Shane Rosenthal: On the evening of that day, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
Bob Hiller: It’s always fascinating to me that the first words out of his mouth are, “Peace be with you.” He has nothing else to say now that he has risen, but peace and mercy and love to these people who evaded him, betrayed him. As far as the east is from the west, their sin’s gone. Here are the wounds. Peace be with you.
Chris Gordon: This is Romans 5, right? Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God. And when did this happen? While you were yet sinners, Christ died for you.
Term to Learn
“Benefits of the Resurrection”
Q. What benefit do we receive from the resurrection of Christ?
A. First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, that He might make us partakers of the righteousness which He has obtained for us by His death. Second, by His power we are also now raised up to a new life. Third, the resurrection of Christ is to us a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.
(The Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 45)
Q. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?
A. At the resurrection, believers being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity.
(The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 38)