Day 39 John 20:1-15
It is Easter Sunday—He is risen!! John 20 begins with Mary Magdalene going to the tomb where Jesus was buried. She is still in deep grief over losing her Lord. She is a devoted follower, she likely had close friendships with the 12 disciples as well as Mary and Martha and their brother Lazarus. (Mary Magdalene’s story is also found in the other gospels—in Matthew 27-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 8, 23-24.)
What does Mary discover?
Of course, for those familiar with the Christian faith, we know the answer—the tomb is empty!!—Jesus is gone!
What is Mary’s initial reaction?
The answer is she is crying, she thinks someone has stolen Jesus’s body. She doesn’t remember that while being with Jesus on earth, he spoke about dying and then rising again. The scriptures have been fulfilled.
Tomorrow we’ll continue with a close up observation of who Mary meets at the gravesite.
I sit and ponder the best way to write this application. This is what our Christian faith all comes down to. It is what separates Christianity from all other faiths. Jesus rose from the dead. He did NOT stay dead. If we believe this essential scripture, we too can be saved from eternal death (hell). It doesn’t matter how much we love or what we do, we need to FIRST believe that Jesus is the son of God and that he died on the cross in exchange for our sins. We need to believe that His body was resurrected. This is my application … I believe.
Do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus as told in the book of John?
Dear Lord, I believe in the Word of God, the scriptures, the Bible. I believe that your death was to save all of those who would believe in You. I believe that you have been resurrected and now reside in Heaven with God the Father. Thank you for pursuing me and the gift of eternal life.