Lesson Title: Belief and Doubt - Jesus meets the doubts of Thomas with truth and compassion
Main Scripture Passage - John 20:24-31
Last night we learned about Thomas, one of Jesus' disciples. After Jesus was crucified and rose again, he appeared to the disciples but Thomas was not with them. When his friends told him that they had seen Jesus, Thomas thinks it's too good to be true. He is frustrated and doubting and so asks to see Jesus and to feel Jesus' wounds to know it's true, that Jesus has risen. And Jesus does just that. He appears to the disciples again and he invites Thomas to touch the wounds in his hands and his side. But he doesn't shame Thomas because of his doubt, instead he offers compassion. We then talked about how Jesus does the same with us. He wants us to believe, to know he is the son of God, that he died so we could live. And so he invites us into relationship with him and even when we doubt or question, he is there to help us see his truth. We have community who can help us seek truth, we have the bible and we have prayer. We shouldn't hide our questions but instead ask God to shine light in those places and in doing so, grow in our faith.
Some questions you could ask your student include:
What part of life with Jesus is difficult for you to believe in or trust him?
What is Jesus asking us to do when we doubt?
How do we work through times of unbelief?
My name is Josiah from Grand Rapids Michigan and I follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Also middle schoolers are cool.