Children’s Message for May 1, 2011 – Easter 2
Ref: John 20:19-31
Children, can any of you identify our five senses? Listen for their answers; point to your eyes when they say sight, your ears for hearing, fingers for touch, nose for smell and mouth for taste. God has given us these five senses to experience life and the world around us. Each of these senses are a blessing to us and are wonderful in their own way.
But as we grow older, we sometimes get skeptical. This means that we need more proof of things before we can believe them and that we need to experience things with more of our senses. You might hear people say that I cannot believe everything that I hear, in fact, I sometimes don’t even believe everything that I see.
One of Jesus’ apostles, named Thomas, was skeptical. He was not there when Jesus appeared to the other Apostles after his resurrection and so he did not believe that Jesus really came back to life after being dead for three days. Thomas wanted more proof. Hearing the story from the other Apostles was not enough for him. He asked for at least two more forms of proof including sight and touch. He wanted to see Jesus with his wounds and he wanted to touch him.
About a week later, Jesus appeared again before his disciples and invited Thomas to see and to touch his wounds. Thomas felt the nail marks in Jesus’ hands and the wound in his side from the Roman soldier’s spear. Then Jesus said “Stop doubting and believe.”
Immediately, Thomas believed and began to worship Jesus.
But the best part of this story comes next because it involves each one of us. Jesus said “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Ask each of the children:
Children – do you believe that Jesus is God’s only Son?
Do you believe that He was born of the virgin Mary?
Do you believe that He suffered under Pontius Pilate?
Do you believe that He was crucified, died and was buried?
Do you believe that He rose from the dead?
Do you believe that He ascended into heaven?
Do you believe that he sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty?
The answer to all these questions, we firmly know to be “yes.” We believe this through faith and none of us have any proof from sight, taste, smell or touch. We have only heard about it and read about it. We are all blessed according to Jesus because we believe without having seen.