Archive for September 17th, 2010

John 20

John 20 gives us the final look at the resurrection of our Lord.  John records Mary Magdalene as the one who came to Jesus tomb. She finds the tomb empty and runs to find Peter and John saying “we do not know where they have laid him”.  She believes the body has been moved.  John and Peter race to the tomb, and John arrives first.  But Peter enters the tomb and discovers the body gone, and one detail not mentioned elsewhere – “the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself”.  The detail in an important fact that again reinforces that Jesus was not there.  Mary is outside the tomb and crying “they have taken away my Lord, and I not know where they have laid him”.  She still thinks they have taken His body.  Jesus appears to her but she fails to recognize her until He spoke to her.  Then she knew Him immediately and runs to tell the disciples “I have seen the Lord”.  They were locked into the room “for fear of the Jews…..Jesus came and stood among them”.  He just shows up without opening the door.  That had to really get their attention. 

Jesus gives them a commission – “I am sending you” – He gave them their marching orders.  They were to go and let the world know.  But before they take off Jesus “breathed on them and said…..receive the Holy Spirit”.  Jesus equips them along with commissioning them.  He isn’t just sending them out on their own steam – He equipped them just like He equips you and me – with the power of the Spirit in us.  John also captures the story of Thomas who gets the rap of being doubting Thomas because he was not there when Jesus came to the disciples and was unwilling to believe.  Jesus comes again – eight days later – and shows up even though the doors are locked again.  He came and stood among them and deals directly with Thomas doubt.  No scolding, no making fun of, just a simple request to “put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand and place it in my side”.  Thomas comes to Jesus and believes as he exclaims “My Lord and my God”.  He has a powerful interaction with Jesus.  Jesus will meet you where you are, but you need to be willing to come to Him and let Him know what you believe.  He came to this earth to do things to validate His place as God’s Son – and the Bible was “written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name”.   Jesus is still in the business of revealing Himself to those who seek Him.  And the Scriptures are written to verify His life and power.  Do you know Him?  He is pursuing you and wants to be your Lord!

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