SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – Second Sunday of Easter (April 11, 2021)
Doubting Thomas (John 20:19-31)
Jesus rising from the dead is so awesome that we continue to celebrate Easter for many Sunday. We celebrate Easter for a total of 7 Sundays.
Today, we hear learn about Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, who wasn’t with the others when Jesus appeared to them. Thomas had a hard time believing that Jesus was alive again. Thomas is often called “doubting Thomas” because he said he wouldn’t believe that Jesus had returned to the disciples after the resurrection until he saw and touched Jesus. Thomas wanted to know the truth and he looked for answers from Jesus. Let’s watch the story together:
After Jesus died on the cross, his disciples were afraid that they were going to get in trouble for being followers of Jesus, so they sat in a room with the door locked. Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the room. He showed the disciples the scars in his hands and his side. They knew that he was not dead any more. Jesus was alive!
One of Jesus’ disciples, Thomas, was not there that night. So the others told him, “We saw the Lord!” But Thomas did not believe his friends. He said, “I will not believe it until I see the nail marks in his hands and touch them with my fingers. And I will not believe until I put my hand where the spear went into his side.”
A week later, Jesus’ disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop doubting and have faith.”
After seeing Jesus, Thomas said, “You are my Lord and my God!” He knew it was true–Jesus was alive! Then Jesus told Thomas, “You believe because you see me. The people who believe without seeing me are the ones who are truly blessed.”
- Why did Thomas have a hard time believing Jesus was alive?
- What do you question about God?
- How can we believe in Jesus when we can’t see Jesus?
All of My Heart. Go Fish Guys.
Jesus said, “Peace be with you” when he saw his disciples. Jesus says “Peace be with you” to us also. Sometimes there are things that can make us feel stress or anxiety. We don’t always feel peace. Yoga is a technique that can help us relax. Take a look at the video below that is designed to teach yoga to children. See if you might want to try some of the movements and if they help you relax.
Make or buy some brownies. Have your student put their hand on the brownie while you sift powdered sugar onto the brownie so that there is an outline of their hand. Scoop out a small hole in the center to symbolize where the nail mark was in Jesus’ hand. Fill it with chocolate chips or some other treat that goes well with brownies.
As you enjoy this snack, review the story of Jesus, Thomas, and the other disciples.
God, as we continue to celebrate Easter, we thank you for Jesus, who died on the cross and then by the power of your love rose to new life. He is alive! Like Thomas, we sometimes have questions, too. Thank you for loving us even when we have questions and doubts and when we don’t! Amen.
Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home. There will be a new one for each Sunday while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregational buildings. Contact him at [email protected].