Bible: John 20:19-25

Jesus’ Appearance to the Disciples

20:19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together 1  and locked the doors 2  of the place 3  because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. 4  Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20:20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 5  20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you.” 20:22 And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, 6 Receive the Holy Spirit. 7  20:23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; 8  if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.” 9 

The Response of Thomas

20:24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), 10  one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 20:25 The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, 11 Unless I see the wounds 12  from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it! 13 

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