Apology

I’ve been so busy teaching Sunday School that I haven’t had the time to complete the Gospel of John. Then I was sick for over a month…from Thanksgiving until December 24th. Then I was trying to finish teaching the Book of Revelation. I plan to have a blog with these lessons on it.

Please look for the update some time this week on the Gospel of John.

Thanks and Blessings…Pam

Answering Thomas’ Question

Here we see that Thomas was not among those who experienced Jesus’ visit. Scripture does not tell us why he wasn’t there. This may the reason why he was slow in believing Jesus’ resurrection. As a result of this, Jesus lovingly appears when Thomas is among the disciples. The other disciples told Thomas of Jesus’ appearance, but Thomas had to see it for himself. I commend Thomas for his stance on this subject. He wanted to know for himself. How much better that his question be answered by the revelation of truth. We should take notice to this in our lives as believers. How much more would our Father God be so willing to answer our questions. Then our faith would be built up even more. Another thing that we should notice is how Thomas makes his statement. He says “except I see…” They may have told him of their experience, but it held no weight for him. He wants to “touch” and “see” for himself the nail prints and the hole in Jesus’ side. How much more should we be encouraged by his request. We are more blessed because we believe by faith and not by sight. Notice the word “unless.” Once again, Jesus speaks peace to them. Then Jesus directs Himself to Thomas. Jesus tells him to just believe. Thomas did not that.

Eight days later they were all gathered together including Thomas, and Jesus shows up again. This time for Thomas’ sake. Oh how He loved Thomas! Thomas saw and believed. He called Jesus his Lord and His God. This is the first time we see these titles attributed to Jesus. This points to the divinity of the Son of God. Psalms 118:28 John 5:231 Timothy 3:16 Jesus then approves Thomas’ faith.

The Next View

The last time we talked, we were talking about Mary discovering that Jesus’ body was gone. Then she experienced an event that can described as miraculous and wonderful. She found out that her savior lives! How would you have reacted if it had been you? I think I might have fainted!

When I come back you and I will discuss the disciples’ experience concerning Jesus coming in the midst of them. That’s all I’m going to say for now.

See you soon!

Mary at the Sepulchre

Mary was the first to come to the sepulchre. Her history is obscure. She was once a habitual sinner against the seventh commandment. There is no evidence of this. Scripture does give testimony that the Lord had cast “seven devils” Luke 8:2. Her gratitude knew no bounds. None seemed to have loved Him so much as Mary did. None felt that they owed so much.

What about us? Do you and I care this much about Jesus? Could you and I have gone this far in our devotion and loyalty to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Sometimes I think we need to search our hearts concerning our devotion to Jesus Christ.

Jesus was buried in what we would call a family plot. When these caves were purchased, they were set up for the burial of family members. It was a generous act on Joseph of Arimathaea’s part to place Jesus’ body in his family sepulchre. This shows how much Joseph loved the Lord. History says that these “caves” had eight sepulchers in them. Jesus’ body was placed in one of these sepulchers. Oh how much Joseph of Arimathaea loved Jesus!

The Rewards of Such Devotion

 

To Mary we find the historic and physical revelation of the risen Savior along with the spiritual establishment of all her hopes here and hereafter. Jesus was gladdened in soul as He witnessed the sorrowful fidelity of this humble woman of God. He was driven to say her name revealing His triumph over death. This was the direct reward of her manifested devotion and loyalty. It should be noted that devotion compels revelation as love compels love.  Such acts are open to revelations concerning the faith that is shown. Spiritual hope blooms in spiritual truth. Revelations of unused and unsuspected powers are waiting upon single eyes and surrendered souls. The tears are shed beside open graves, and the sorrows which burden our hearts shall all be forgotten in the joy of His presence and the sound of His voice. [For further information, please search for William H. Davis.]

The Sepulchre

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is very important to our salvation. If Jesus had not been resurrected, then our faith and salvation would be worthless. Paul bears this out in I Cor. 15: 12-23 where he says that if Christ be not risen, then our faith is in vain. We are putting our trust and confidence in an event that did not happen. Please see my separate entry on this scriptural passage entitled “The Connection Between Jesus’ Resurrection and Our Salvation.”

The Sepulchre

Jesus was buried in a rich man’s sepulchre.  This fact did not matter because He would not be in it for long.  As we can see from the text, this rich man’s burial place was hewn out of some rock on his own ground. It would be like a cave where relatives were buried. It would be what we call a “family plot.” To those who entered the sepulchral cave, those who carried the bier would enter the first floor. They would sit down the bier into the sepulchre. There would be a place that was hollowed out. It would be a hollowed out space, which would be four cubits deep where the dead would rest. From this information, we can glean many matters concerning Jesus’ place of burial. The women entering into the sepulchre saw a young man sitting on the right “side”: in the very floor immediately after the entrance into the sepulchre. Note Mark 16:5. Once they got inside, they sought to find His body, and it was not there. Note what Luke 24:3 says:

(Luke 24:3)  “And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”

While they bowed down their heads in sorrow, Peter ran to the sepulchre, and he had to stoop down in order to look inside. He was confronted with the linen clothes and no body. At the head and the foot where Jesus’ body had laid were two angels. [For further information, you can Google J. Lightfoot, D.D. for more insightful information concerning ancient burial sites

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Introduction to John 20

Summary of John 20

This chapter deals with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The people involved in this chapter are:

  • Mary Magdalene

  • Peter

  • John

  • two angels

  • Jesus

  • the disciples

  • Thomas

The key word is resurrection which is found in John 20:14.

Reference Scripture: Matthew 28

The striking facts in this chapter can be found in John 20:31, which defines the purpose of God’s Word. It is the demonstration of the deity of Jesus Christ. It reveals the effectiveness of such a divine sacrifice upon humanity and its restored relationship with the Father through salvation.

This chapter concerns the complete glorification of Jesus in His resurrection. This record pauses for a moment to speak of that great Sabbath. It begins again with the greatest day in history. Both heathen and foes admit the fact of the death of Jesus. The argument comes into play when dealing with the resurrection of Jesus. The proof is revealed to all humanity, but it is not accepted by all. To admit to this fact is to say that they believe who Jesus is, and what His death, burial and resurrection has done for humanity. The evidence is overwhelming, but it is pushed off as nothing more than a myth. The reality of this event was experienced by several groups of people to whom Jesus showed Himself. People who had not been in contact with one another became true witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection. Unfortunately, the religious leaders along with Rome’s leaders cast it aside. They claimed that it was nothing more than a hoax which had been concocted by His followers. They claimed that these “witnesses” had planned this so-called event all along. What they had really done was remove the body of Jesus in order to claim His resurrection from the dead. An explanation was concocted which stated that the followers of Jesus had stolen his body from the sepulchre. Biblical scholars say that “many infallible proofs” were given. This is noted in Luke’s second letter to Theophilus in Acts 1:1-26. It brought about the irresistible conviction as to the reality of the Resurrection.

Places such as Palestine, Phoenicia, Syria and Crete saw the development of communities which rose up based upon the faith of those who believed in the reality of this event. The redeemed said so. It should be noted that the resurrection fact was preached in Galatia, Macedonia, Corinth, Rome and Babylon before the gospels were written on parchment. The gospels and the Book of Acts provided five independent series of evidence to the revelations which the apostles and apostolic company received concerning the nature and quality of the new life in Jesus Christ.