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March 10, 2017

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Reading along with us in John? Here’s today’s reading:

John 20 (ESV)

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.”… Continue Reading

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  1. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is beyond my comprehension. Yet what transcends the historicity of this event is what His resurrection means for me as a believer in Jesus Christ.

    The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:14, “knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.” Then in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 he writes, “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

    You are amazing, God!

  2. I read all of 1 Peter tonight, slowly. Obedience to God is prominent in this letter, with Peter reminding the elect that we are to live holy lives, not only in our relationships with one another, but among unbelievers, who are watching how we conduct ourselves. Our behavior and attitudes should not be for our own glory, but for God’s. I find encouragement in this letter to pray for the Holy Spirit to make me more gentle, peaceable, humble and respectful, especially when mistreated or frustrated.

  3. April 25, 2017 – I read John 20 today, a chapter in Scripture that used to vex me tremendously, but now is a precious reminder of how diligently God has guarded my heart and mind, protecting my faith (Matthew 24:24; Philippians 4:6-7; John 10:28; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Ephesians 2:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13).

    Instead of the skeptic in me having a field day with doubts, as used to be the case, now I’m just intrigued by these questions:

    1) How could Mary Magdalene not know she was talking to Jesus until a certain moment in their conversation (John 20:14-15)? In another gospel, the same thing happens with two other disciples (Luke 24:13-35).

    2) Why does He tell Mary not to “cling to Him,” because He has “not yet ascended to the Father”(John 20:17)?

    The “Thomas” in me used to be troubled by “unanswered questions” like these, but God has given me a faith in Christ so deep, so wide, and so strong that I’m able to wait for the answers now. Does anyone else have a list of questions they want to ask God?

    I love the scene where Jesus appears to Thomas! It reminds me of when I was born again and suddenly REALLY BELIEVED. I was exactly like Thomas! “Prove it to be true!” And praise God, He did.

    And I REALLY love the scene where Jesus breathes on the disciples and says “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22-23). I used to believe the Holy Spirit did not come until the scene in Acts 2:1-13, but now I believe the “speaking in other tongues” was a powerful manifestation of the Spirit, given for a specific ministry opportunity in that very moment. The Spirit had already been given to the disciples in John 20:22.

    3) But then a new nagging-in-the-back-of-my-mind question: Why were the disciples given authority to “forgive” or “retain” the sins of others (John 20:23)? This is a verse used by Roman Catholicism to show that priests have the authority to forgive (or not!) sins.

    1. Michelle, when I was studying Hebrews chapter 9, some of the commentaries I heard were mentioning that as the earthly tabernacle needed to be cleansed with sacrifice, so also the heavenly tabernacle needed a sacrifice (better sacrifices), which was Christ. He went there to “sprinkle” his own blood as the high priest AND the sacrifice – Chapter 9 verses 23 and 24. They specifically mentioned John 20 and that he appeared to Mary before he went up to the heavenly tabernacle as the sacrifice and that is why she could not touch him, but later Thomas could because Jesus had already gone to purify the heavenly tabernacle.

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