The Disciples Commissioned

19 When it was evening on that first day of the week,(A) the disciples were gathered together with the doors locked because they feared the Jews. Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”(B)

20 Having said this, he showed them his hands and his side.(C) So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me,(D) I also send you.”(E) 22 After saying this, he breathed on them(F) and said,[a] “Receive the Holy Spirit.(G) 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”(H)

Thomas Sees and Believes

24 But Thomas(I) (called “Twin”[b]), 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,(J) and put my hand into his side,(K) I will never believe.”(L)

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.”(M)

28 Thomas responded to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed.[c] Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”(N)

The Purpose of This Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs(O) in the presence of his disciples that are not written(P) in this book.(Q) 31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah,(R) the Son(S) of God,[d](T) and that by believing you may have life in his name.(U)

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Footnotes

  1. 20:22 Lit he breathed and said to them
  2. 20:24 Gk Didymus
  3. 20:29 Or have you believed?
  4. 20:31 Or that the Messiah, the Son of God, is Jesus

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