Word Studies for the Week of April 28, 2019

April 28 ● Easter 2 – Knowing the Risen One:  Seeing Christ ● John 20:19-31

What reasons led the disciples to fearfully hide behind locked doors? Why were they so afraid?

Did the disciples really accept the reality of the resurrection before Jesus appeared to them?

Jesus greets the disciples with “Peace be with you” or Shalom. How is this simple act both profound and ordinary?

Why is it important that the disciples see Jesus’ hands and side? What does this say about the nature of what happened in the resurrection?

Why is the giving of the Holy Spirit such a notable aspect of this text? How is the Spirit given what might this be important?

Was Thomas really any different from the other disciples, or was he just at the wrong place at the wrong time? How long is Thomas with the disciples as one who does not believe? Why is this important?

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