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So That You May Believe - John 20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Friday, 21 April 2017 08:44


John began the resurrection story in chapter 20 by noting that it was the first day of the week and while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. She saw that the stone covering the tomb was removed so she ran to get Peter and the beloved disciple (most commentators believe that the nameless beloved disciple is John, the author of the Gospel). Upon seeing the empty tomb John believed (20:8)


Then, Mary had a personal encounter with the risen Jesus 20:11-18. At first, Mary thought that Jesus was the gardener. When Jesus called Mary by her name, she instantly recognized that it was the Lord and Mary believed (20:16).


Next, Jesus appeared to the group of disciples and said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” They were overjoyed and believed. With that, Jesus gave them their mission and breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (20:22)


Finally, Jesus appeared to Thomas. Thomas needed proof; he was the inquisitive one. Thomas is the kind of person that needed to discover the truth for himself, he needed evidence. When Jesus invited Thomas to touch his wounds, Thomas acknowledged Jesus as Lord and believed (20:28)


The resurrection invites a response. John’s hope in putting this story together is summed up in John 20:31:

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.


Peace and grace to you in this Easter season, John

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