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John 20:19–28

THE DISCIPLES COMMISSIONED

19 When it was evening on that first day of the week,aa 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.”ab

20 Having said this, he showed them his hands and his side.ac 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,ad I also send you.”ae 22 After saying this, he breathed on themaf and said,CReceive the Holy Spirit.ag 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”ah

THOMAS SEES AND BELIEVES

24 But Thomasai (called “Twin”D), 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,aj and put my hand into his side,ak I will never believe.”al

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.”am

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

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