Joh 11:14-24; 14:1-6; 20:24-29; Act 5:1-11.
JOHN-74-220731 - length: 64:17 - taught on Jul, 31 2022
Thomas gets a bad rap among most Christians.
Here in verse 16, he is loyal and courageous.
Thomas is a realist. He’s pragmatic, unsentimental, and yes, hardnosed.
Usually, the other disciples see it the same way that he does!
Rather, he points out what does not make sense to the “realistic” human mind.
But the death Jesus would die He would have to die alone.
Thomas is brave enough to risk looking stupid. He wanted to know the way!
Thomas is the perfect foil for Jesus.
As always, he was being “realistic” and “sober-minded”.
He speaks words that no one had dared to utter before now.
By the fourth day after death, a corpse would start to decompose.
Therefore, they made sure that the body was buried within 24 hours of death.
This underscores the danger that is closing in on Jesus.
“The Jews” here simply refers to people who lived in and around Jerusalem.
It’s no accident that there were “many” Jews at the home of Martha and Mary.
God the Father had arranged for them to be there so they would be witnesses !
Martha was the dutiful sister who expressed her devotion with active hospitality.
Martha needed to tell Jesus what had been welling up in her heart for the past four days.
Martha was not rebuking Jesus. She was only expressing her great sorrow.
She was confident that His prayer would be answered, whatever it was.
JOH 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
What He says next will be startling in its clarity.