The Tomb Is Empty

Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe

John 20:25
John 20:1-9 or 41: or Luke 24:1-12

Sermon Week/Year

Easter Sunday,

Sermon Topic


The 1985 world series was dubbed by some sports writers as the “Show Me” series. The two teams — the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals — both were from Missouri, and Missouri is known as the “Show Me” state. This nickname can be traced to a speech made by a Missouri congressman named Hillard Duncan Vandiver. Speaking in Philadelphia in 1899, Vandiver said, “Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me!”

The disciple Thomas was from Missouri, in this sense. He was a “show me” kind of person. He refused to rely on a second-hand report of the Resurrection. He said that he would have to be shown the imprint of the nails in Jesus’ hands and the wound in Jesus’ side before he would believe. For this reason, he is often referred to as “Doubting Thomas.”

An old backwoodsman ventured out of his little corner of the world and went…

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