New Testament In a Year: June 11 – John 20


John 20
(1-10) The Resurrection
It took Mary Magdalene, Peter, and John some time to process that Jesus was no longer in the grave. If they remembered that Jesus had told them He would rise again, they certainly didn’t act like it. When Mary Magdalene found the tomb empty, she said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” She did not say, “The Lord is risen just like He said He would.” She thought that Jesus was still dead and Pilate’s soldiers had moved Him to another tomb.

(11-18) Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
Because Mary Magdalene believes that Jesus is still dead, she stands at the tomb and weeps. Only when Jesus appears to her does she remember His words and believe that He has risen exactly like He said He would. She does not keep the good news of the resurrection to herself. She immediately goes and tells the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” Every Christian who knows the Lord has a duty to tell others how they can know him too. Rick Warren said, “We have the greatest news in the world, and sharing it is the greatest kindness you can show to anyone.”

(19-23) Jesus Appears to the Disciples
In John 16, Jesus the Christ promises that the disciples’ sorrow will turn into joy. That is exactly what happens in this passage. The sorrow they felt during Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial was not erased. With His resurrection, it was simply transformed into joy. Verse 20 says, “Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.”

(24-29) Jesus and Thomas
Thomas said that he would never believe the resurrection until he saw the Lord for himself. Faith, however, does not require sight to believe. Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. We do not have to see Jesus to believe that He is the Christ. Our present belief makes way for future sight.

(30-31) The Purpose of This Book
The purpose of the book of John and much of the purpose of the entire Bible is for us to read it and believe that Jesus is the Christ. When we believe this, we are given eternal life and everlasting love in His name.

Favorite verse: (18) Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

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