The Kingdom Unleashed #11 – Matthew 11:20-30

Matthew 11:20-24
20 Then he proceeded to denounce the towns where most of his miracles were done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago. 22 But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until today. 24 But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

Big statement:

> The greater the light that’s shown, the more accountability there becomes.

Matthew 11:25-30
 25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, Father, because this was your good pleasure.”you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants.” 27 [Jesus continued,] “All things have been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desires to reveal him.” 28 [Jesus continued,] “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 23:2-4
 “The scribes and the Pharisees are seated in the chair of Moses. Therefore do whatever they tell you, and observe it. But don’t do what they do, because they don’t practice what they teach. They tie up heavy loads that are hard to carry and put them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves aren’t willing to lift a finger to move them.

> Jesus’ yoke:

Come…”

“Come to me…”

“…all who are weary and burdened,”

“…and I will give you rest.”

Anapauō – to cease from working and recover your strength

“Take up my yoke and learn from me,” 

  “…because I am lowly and humble in heart,”

“…and you will find rest for your souls.” 

> Why is Jesus’ yoke easy and light?

1) Because he bears it with us

2) Because it fits well

3) Because you’re walking in step with him

Galatians 5:1
1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

The Kingdom Unleashed #10 – Matthew 11:1-11

John 1:29-30
29 John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”

Matthew 11:1-6, 10-11
1 [Jesus] moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns. Now when John heard in prison what the Christ was doing, he sent a message through his disciples and asked him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

> Why did John send his disciples to Jesus?

1) Because Jesus wasn’t who John expected him to be

2) Because John wanted his disciples to shift their focus to Jesus

Jesus replied to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news, and blessed is the one who isn’t offended by me.”

Isaiah 35:5-6
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy, for water will gush in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 10 [He] is the one about whom it is written: “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you. 11 “Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared, but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” 

> When you become filled with the Spirit…

1) You are set apart

2) You are lit up with a new Light

3) You take a seat of honor in the Kingdom of God.

4) Your thirst is satisfied

John 7:37-39
37 On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38 The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” 39 He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

5) You live differently

Galatians 5:16
16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh.

6) You need to be filled continually

Ephesians 5:18
18 …be filled with the Holy Spirit.

7) You are secure eternally

Ephesians 1:13-14
13 In [Jesus] you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed. 14 The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14 (MSG)
13-14 It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

The Kingdom Unleashed #9 – Matthew 10:32-39

> Jesus’ bold statements:

Matthew 10:32-38
32 “Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge me before others, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever denies me before others, I will also deny him before my Father in heaven.” 

Statement 1: True faith is shown to the world.

34 “Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to turn “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.”

Statement 2: The gospel will divide.

37 “The one who loves a father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; the one who loves a son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” 

Statement 3: Your love for me must be far greater than all other loves in your life.

38 “And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”

Statement 4: Take up your cross and follow me.

Luke 9:23
23 Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” 

Jesus’ slogan: Come and Die

a) The cross was a symbol of humiliation

b) The cross was a symbol of suffering

“Snuggie Theology”

Luke 6:22
22 [Jesus said,] “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you, and slander your name as evil because of the Son of Man.”

John 16:33
33 [Jesus said,} “You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

Philippians 1:29
29 For it has been granted to you on Christ’s behalf not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him…

“Pajama Jeans Gospel”

c) The cross was a symbol of death

“Christ says, “Give me all. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want you. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there. I want to have the whole tree down.” – CS Lewis-Mere Christianity

Galatians 2:20
20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Matthew 10:39
39 “Anyone who finds his life will lose it, and anyone who loses his life because of me will find it.”

Statement 5: When you die daily, you live in me!

2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! 

The Kingdom Unleashed #8 – Matthew 10:1-20

Matthew 10:1-20
1 Summoning his twelve disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Disciple – a learner

Apostle – a messenger sent with orders

> Jesus taught them to BE before he sent them to DO.

 Jesus sent out these twelve after giving them instructions: “Don’t take the road that leads to the Gentiles, and don’t enter any Samaritan town.Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you received, freely give.”  Don’t acquire gold, silver, or copper for your money-belts. 10 Don’t take a traveling bag for the road, or an extra shirt, sandals, or a staff, for the worker is worthy of his food.”  11 “When you enter any town or village, find out who is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12 Greet a household when you enter it, 13 and if the household is worthy, let your peace be on it; but if it is unworthy, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone does not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.”

> Jesus taught the disciples JEJIT – Just Enough, Just in Time.

>> How has God provided for you JEJIT, personally?

16 “Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves.” 17 “Beware of them, because they will hand you over to local courts and flog you in their synagogues. 18 You will even be brought before governors and kings because of me, to bear witness to them and to the Gentiles.” 19 “But when they hand you over, don’t worry about how or what you are to speak. For you will be given what to say at that hour, 20 because it isn’t you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking through you.”

> We must always be ready to share about our hope in Christ.

>> What does it look like to always be prepared?
1) Know your story
2) Know God’s story
3) Share how they intersect

Choose to Love God, and Love people

Choose to Grow as a disciple

Choose to Go wherever He leads you

Where are you being sent?

The Kingdom Unleashed #7 – Matthew 9:35-38

Matthew 9:35-38
35 Jesus continued going around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. 

Splagchnizomai – to be moved to one’s bowels

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”

Ekballō – to drive out

> We must pray that God would send people out, but at the same time, listen to the call coming to us.

If you wish to contact any of our interview panel for more, please select their name below to send an email.
Pat Jarvis
Wanda Grogan
Paula Rigsby
Heather Finn
Robert Finn
Ricardo Pacheco
Collin Beasley
Andy/Misty Woodard

The Kingdom Unleashed #6 – Matthew 9:18-30

Matthew 9:18-21
18 As [Jesus] was telling them these things, suddenly one of the leaders came and knelt down before him, saying, “My daughter just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”19 So Jesus and his disciples got up and followed him.

> Jesus LOVES defeating death!

20 Just then, a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years approached from behind and touched the end of his robe, 21 for she said to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I’ll be made well.”

Luke 8:43-48
43 A woman suffering from bleeding for twelve years, who had spent all she had on doctors and yet could not be healed by any, 44 approached from behind and touched the end of his robe. Instantly her bleeding stopped.  45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds are hemming you in and pressing against you.”  46 “Someone did touch me,” said Jesus. “I know that power has gone out from me.” 47 When the woman saw that she was discovered, she came trembling and fell down before him. In the presence of all the people, she declared the reason she had touched him and how she was instantly healed. 48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Matthew 9:23-27, 32-34
23 When Jesus came to the leader’s house, he saw the flute players and a crowd lamenting loudly. 24 “Leave,” he said, “because the girl is not dead but asleep.” And they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26 Then news of this spread throughout that whole area.
32 Just as they were going out, a demon-possessed man who was unable to speak was brought to him. 33 When the demon had been driven out, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed, saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!” 34 But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the ruler of the demons.”

> Three responses to Jesus:

1) Open Minds (Leader, bleeding woman)
2) Blown Minds (The crowds)
3) Closed Minds (Pharisees)

> You cannot remain neutral to Jesus.

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

Matthew 1:1
1An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham…

Matthew 9:28-30
28 When he entered the house, the blind men approached him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” 30 And their eyes were opened.

> Any time we take the stories of Jesus, and make the focus more about ourselves than Jesus, it’s not the Bible anymore.

> The transformation that Jesus can bring into your life is equal to the depth of openness that you approach him with.

The Kingdom Unleashed #5 – Matthew 9:1-17

Isaiah 53:5-6
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.

Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

> Jesus makes all things new

1) A New Authority

Matthew 9:1-7
1 So [Jesus] got into a boat, crossed over, and came to his own town. Just then some men brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. 2 Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the scribes said to themselves, “He’s blaspheming!” Perceiving their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking evil things in your hearts?  For which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then he told the paralytic, “Get up, take your stretcher, and go home.” So he got up and went home.

> Only Jesus has the power and authority to forgive you and make you new.

2) A New Approach

Matt 9:9-13
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth, and he said to him, “Follow me,” and he got up and followed him. 10 While he was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came to eat with Jesus and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”12 Now when [Jesus] heard this, he said, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

> Jesus showed us that loving “sinners” is proof of our true love for God.

3) A New Covenant

Matthew 9:14-17
14 Then John’s disciples came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests be sad while the groom is with them? The time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.” 16 No one patches an old garment with unshrunk cloth, because the patch pulls away from the garment and makes the tear worse. 17 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

> You don’t just “add Jesus” into your life.  You must allow him to make your life completely new.

Ephesians 4:21-24 (NLT)
21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

The Kingdom Unleashed #4 – Matthew 8:23-27

What’s the fiercest storm you’ve ever been through?

Matthew 8:23-27
23 As [Jesus] got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves…

Matthew 5:45
45 [The Lord] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 

Hebrews 6:19
19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. 

Matthew 8:24
24 but Jesus kept sleeping.  

> Jesus showed himself to be:

Fully man – he needed to sleep

Fully God – he could sleep

25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” 

It’s one thing to say, “I knew God could come through for me,” after the fact.

It’s another to say, “I know God can come through for me,” when the storm is raging.

> Don’t ever allow the storm to look bigger than the promises of God.

26 Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Psalm 89:8-9
Lord God of Armies, who is strong like you, Lord? Your faithfulness surrounds you. You rule the raging sea; when its waves surge, you still them.

Your heart will follow your eyes.

Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Hebrews 12:1-2
1 And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Set your mind.  Fix your eyes on Jesus.

The Kingdom Unleashed #3 – Matthew 8:5-15

Matthew 8:14-15
14 Jesus went into Peter’s house and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 So he touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began to serve him. 

Matthew 8:5-9
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, pleading with him, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible agony.”  [Jesus] said to him, “Am I to come and heal him?” “Lord,” the centurion replied, “I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”  “For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command. I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”

John 5:19
19 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does these things.”

> Jesus is under the authority of the Father,

But at the same time, he has FULL authority, given to him by the Father.

Matthew 28:18
18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth…”

> 2 Key words:

Power – the power to do something

Authority – the right to do it

1) Jesus taught with authority

Matthew 7:29
29 [Jesus] was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes

2) Jesus had authority over demons and evil spirits.

Mark 1:27
27 They were all amazed, and so they began to ask each other: “What is this? A new teaching! With authority, he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 

3) Jesus had authority to cleanse the temple

Matthew 21:23
23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority?”

4) Jesus had authority over his own life

John 10:17-18
 17 [Jesus said,] “This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life so that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

5) Jesus will have eternal authority

Revelation 19:11-16
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and he judges and makes war with justice. 12 His eyes were like a fiery flame, and many crowns were on his head. He had a name written that no one knows except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called the Word of God. 14 The armies that were in heaven followed him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. 15 A sharp sword came from his mouth, so that he might strike the nations with it. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty. 16 And he has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

>> Key Question:

What does this mean in YOUR life?

You must willingly place your life under the authority of Christ. 

Matthew 8:10, 13
10 Hearing this, Jesus was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with so great a faith.”  13 Then Jesus told the centurion, “Go. As you have believed, let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that very moment.  

Ephesians 2:8-9
 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.

The Kingdom Unleashed #2 – Matthew 8:16-17, Isaiah 53

Matthew 8:16-17
16 When evening came, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick, 17 so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “He himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases”. 17 so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “He himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases”.

  • The Atoning Suffering of Jesus

Hilaskomai – To reconcile, appease, “at-one-ment”

Christos – anointed

1) How mankind saw the Messiah

Isaiah 53 (NLT)
1 Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground.  There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.  He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

2) The Messiah bore our sin

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

1 Peter 2:24
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

3) The suffering and death of the Messiah

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream.  But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave

  • The Victory of Jesus

1) The Messiah’s satisfaction

10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. 11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.

2) The Messiah’s reward
12 
I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

Mark 16:1-3
1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they could go and anoint him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?” 

Matthew 28:2-4
There was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they became like dead men.

Luke 24:2-8
The [women] found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words.

John 20:3-8, 24-31
At that, Peter and the other disciple went out, heading for the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first. Stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then, following him, Simon Peter also came. He entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. The wrapping that had been on his head was not lying with the linen cloths but was folded up in a separate place by itself. The other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, then also went in, saw, and believed. 

24 But Thomas (called “Twin”), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were telling him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Don’t be faithless, but believe.” 28 Thomas responded to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

> That’s the point – LIFE.