The Contrast Found in John 20:19-31


In John 20:19-30, we find the disciples behind locked doors after the crucifixion of Jesus. This passage relates the disciples’ first encounter with the resurrected Jesus. Ultimately, it is a true story about overcoming fear and doubt to discover genuine joy in Jesus’s presence.

What the World Gives Us:

  • Fear (Verse 19: The disciples were behind locked doors for fear of the Jews.)
  • Doubt (Verse 25: Thomas would not believe until he saw Jesus, scars and all, for himself.)

 What Jesus Gives Us:

  • Peace (Verses 19, 21, 26: Three times Jesus says, “Peace be with you!”)
  • Joy (Verse 20: Jesus’s presence in our life results in joy to overflowing.)
  • Calling & Commission (Verse 21: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”)
  • The Holy Spirit (Verse 22: Jesus inside of us.)
  • Power (Verse 23, Implied: An equipping to do God’s work.)
  • Belief (Verse 27: The substance of faith that crushes doubt.)
  • Personal relationship with God (Verse 28: “My Lord and my God!”)
  • Life (Verse 31: Life in Jesus is for the present and carries into eternity.)


John 20:26-29

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among then and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”








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