John 20:19-31 (The Message)
19-20 Later on that day, the disciples had gathered
together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in
the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace
to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.
20-21 The disciples,
seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated
his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I
22-23 Then he
took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy
Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins,
they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what
are you going to do with them?”
24-25 But Thomas,
sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them
when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the
But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put
my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t
26 Eight days
later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was
with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them,
and said, “Peace to you.”
27 Then he focused
his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my
hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving.
28 Thomas said,
“My Master! My God!”
29 Jesus said,
“So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes.
Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without
30-31 Jesus provided
far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book.
These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah,
the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal
life in the way he personally revealed it.
1 John 1:1-7 (The Message)
the very first day, we were there, taking it all in -- we heard
it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with
our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes;
we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober
prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite
Life of God himself took shape before us.
3-4 We saw it,
we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience
it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and
his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We
want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!
5 This, in essence,
is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God
is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.
6-7 If we claim
that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble
around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth
-- we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light,
God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with
one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son,
purges all our sin.