Word of Jesus Part 66
Joy and hope returns. All is not lost. They were probably in the valley of
despair when Jesus was crucified but what He said surely would come to pass. Now
they can rejoice for the Son of God lives.
John 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet
dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
John 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other
disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord
out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
"They have taken away the Lord". She assumed the authorities took away the body
of Jesus. They forgot that Jesus told them that He would be resurrected on the
John 20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the
John 20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter,
and came first to the sepulchre.
John 20:5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet
went he not in.
John 20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre,
and seeth the linen clothes lie,
Brave Peter would be quick to act on occasion showing no fear at times.
John 20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen
clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
John 20:8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the
sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
John 20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from
John 20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
John 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she
stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
Perhaps the disciples left too soon. Mary remained and was spoken to by the
angels and the Lord Himself.
John 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the
other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
John 20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them,
Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
John 20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus
standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
Jesus cared enough to stay around and comfort the one who weeped at His missing
John 20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have
borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
John 20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto
him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
Her eyes were opened and she recognized the savior at the sound of her name
John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to
my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father,
and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Jesus told her not to bother with Him at this point because He was not yet going
to leave. He wanted her to make haste and go tell about His resurrection to the
others before He had to leave and be with the Father. There are many
interpretations as to why Jesus didn't want Mary to touch Him but it is probably
a simply one that He wanted her to go quickly to tell the others that He was
alive. He wanted to end their sorrow of His death and get on with the job
of preaching the gospel.
John 20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the
Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when
the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews,
came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
John 20:20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side.
Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
What a joy that must have been to have seen the Lord and to have known the
reality of what He had been saying to them was indeed true. If they had any
doubts as to who this man was, it was erased when they saw Him. Surely there was
no mistake. They know He was crucified, they know He was laid in a tomb. They
know that He is at this time alive.
John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father
hath sent me, even so send I you.
John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them,
Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
He was telling them to go forth and preach the gospel after receiving the Holy
Ghost. Jesus was returning them to the main task that they were to do next.
The days of mourning and sorrow were over. Now they were to preach the
message of the gospel to the entire world that all who would believer would be
saved. If they would have returned to their occupations and ignored this
commission, none of us would be saved from sin but would have remained in sin
and entered eternity in hell.
John 20:23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and
whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.
This was not giving Peter the power to forgive sins but it was telling all of
them that they had the same authority to preach the gospel and whoever repents
will be saved and whoever does not repent and accept the gospel will not be
saved. No power was given to them to forgive sins but preach the message of
repentance and forgiveness of sins.
This was not just given to Peter but to all who are called to preach the gospel
throughout the centuries.
John 20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when
John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord.
But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails,
and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side,
I will not believe.
John 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with
them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said,
Peace be unto you.
Thomas was a doubter and wanted to be sure. Jesus cared enough for this one man
to make sure that His faith was not hurt.
John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my
hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not
faithless, but believing.
John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast
believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Most us of living today have not seen the Lord by our physical eyes. Some may
have seen Him in visions and dreams but most of us have never seen anything
outward. We see Him only by faith. There is a special blessing on those that
have not seen but yet have believed. This will apply to most of us who believe
without actually seeing. His spirit that is given to us when we believe, will
bear witness that what He says is true.
John 20:30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his
disciples, which are not written in this book:
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Truly this was the Son of God who came to save the world from sin. I doubt that
the disciples would have died horrible deaths for the cause of a lie. They
suffered persecution and some of them were killed for preaching the gospel. Many
of the early believers were killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Would
they have been killed for a lie? The disciples would have known the truth. They
would have known if Jesus had not raised from the dead. Why would they leave
family, risk beatings, imprisonment and death for a lie? Truly Jesus is the only
way of salvation and every word in the New Testament that speaks of Him is true.
He is the way to eternal life. God sent Him to us and all who believe will be
saved from the wrath that is coming and the judgment that is coming upon the
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