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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.

 

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.

 

3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

 

4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

 

5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

 

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

 

7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

 

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

 

9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

 

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

 

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

 

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.

 

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.

 

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

 

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.

 

16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

 

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.

 

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

 

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.

 

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.

 

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

 

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

 

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

 

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.

 

30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

 

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.

I Love chapter 20 , the fact that he Has RISEN , What I think about the disciples?

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Mary .M  when I think of Mary M I see her Love for Jesus, the way she express herself, towards him and everything he does is very protecting, and loving and I believe that God is pleased with her actions , so pleased that he chose to reveal himself to her first, My God what an Honor to be the first on earth to see him from his resurrection,

Peter on the other hand still just as bold for the Lord did ask any questions he went straight to the tomb and in it , I honestly think that He believed that Jesus had Risen like the word said , However I believe he didn't understand how it took place , Peter had to go think about what just happen , because He knew that Jesus was back,

The disciple that ran fast kinda reminded me of Thomas , Honestly it's like he ran fast for nothing because he didn't go in the tomb until Peter got there how ever the part that he reminded me of Thomas , John 20 :5 says he saw the linen in there,  but didn't go in , when he finally went in John 20:8 says he went in (Finally) and saw then believed , he believe that something happen , but truly didn't understand what rook place

Thomas on the other hand well He just didn't believe nothing no matter how many times anyone told him. Thomas basically Had chose to walk by sight and feelings  vs faith , However once Jesus revealed to Thomas himself , I believe it brought Thomas faith to the next level . Amen C. ALEXANDER

 

Grave clothes couldn't keep him, death could not hold him down, A RISEN KING. He had power to speak peace, to give faith to the unbelieving, and to enter through locked doors. He breathed the HOLY GHOST on them. He gave the disciples dunamis power, the power to remit or retain sins. A great word spoken by Yeshua: Blessed are they that have not seen & yet have believed. This belief gives us life & life more abundantly. Thank you Lord for sound mind to believe, for your election, for sanctification, for rising on the 3rd day. His name is Jesus, Yeshua, the son of a living God, OUR KING. Thank you Father.

S Felton

 

Chapter 20 brought a smile to my face. Scriptures being fulfilled, the savior of the world has risen from his grave, and Jesus showing himself to His disciples.😊 As I continued reading I noticed Thomas was not present when Jesus showed himself to the disciples. My first thought was, your a disciple, why aren’t you with the others? So in excitement they tell Thomas they had saw Jesus. Thomas told them (paraphrasing) I wanna see Jesus for myself then I’m gonna believe.

In my head I’m thinking nah come on Thomas why would they lie about that.

Eight days later Jesus came back to show himself, to Thomas mainly. It wasn’t until Thomas saw In His hands the prints of the nails, and put his finger into the prints of His nails and thrust his hand into His side, that he believed that Jesus was risen.

But I love Jesus response in verse 29 blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed!

This excites me, there is a special blessing over us for just believing in His death, burial, and resurrection yet we have not seen. Talk about faith!! This faith is more laudable and praise-worthy than theirs who saw and believed.

M. Gordon

 

I can’t help the sorrow I feel every time I read this story.  It is so heartbreaking.  I’m already very emotional, particularly when I pray or read God’s Word.  I can’t help it; the tears just flow.  I went to see “Passion of the Christ” in theater.  I sobbed like a baby, out loud, I think in the worst way I’ve ever cried in my lifetime.  My eyes were bloodshot red, my face was swollen.  It hurt me to the debts of my soul to see someone blameless, innocent willingly take the beating that I deserve, the disgrace I deserve, the kind of death I deserve.  The all-seeing, all-knowing, Almighty God came down from the throne, took on the form of man, and suffered the torment and disgrace of death on the cross, when he could have just decided to blink and end us all.

 

As much as it pains me, I needed to read it again, afresh to realize that when people hurt me, I should never stoop to that level and retaliate.  In the last two years, I really had lost sight of that and had reverted to “an eye for eye,” and sometimes I wanted two eyes for one eye.  I pray that God forgives me for forgetting who I am supposed to be in him and helps me daily to walk in the spirit.

 

There are a few things I find interesting about Chapter 20.  First, I wondered why Jesus didn’t appear to John or Peter when they were in the tomb.  I wondered why they hadn’t seen the angels.  Were Jesus and the angels not there when John and Peter went in or were their eyes not yet open to see.

 

Mary, a woman, was the first to seek after Jesus that morning.  According to John, the first word Jesus spoke after he was risen was “Woman.”  (It was also one of the last words he spoke before dying on the cross).  A woman, Mary, brought word to the disciples that “Jesus is risen.”  Though I don’t know what to make of it, I praise God for the part he allowed woman to play in our the story of our restoration, given the part woman played in our destruction with the introduction of sin into the world.  It has a feel of redemption.  A woman and her influence can bring about death to man (sin) or it can bring about life (restoration).   Mary “ran” to spread the Good News.  It makes me reflect on what kind news are WE running to tell?  Are we running to tell the Good News?  Are we running to speak “life” into

someone’s life?  Or are we hurrying to bring “death” and “destruction” to the world.

 

“Choose this day whom you will serve.  As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

M Cruz

 

 

Thomas made a dangerous statement in verse 25. I shudder to think what would have happened had our Lord not appear again after eight days. Thomas said he would not believe in the resurrection of Jesus without tangible proof, therefore he could not be saved. Thomas was literally toying with life and death. Jesus again returns on the eight day... this He did especially for Thomas.  Eight signifies resurrection and regeneration, it is the number of a new beginning. We know that on the eighth day boys were circumcised in the physical.  But In Romans 2:28-29 it tells us about the circumcision(spiritual) of the heart that takes place so that we might receive the Holy Spirit. So Jesus came so that Thomas would believe and receive the Holy Spirit, since he wasn’t with the disciples( where was he any way) when Jesus breathed the ruah on them that were there.

Jesus wanted Thomas to believe because of the task He had been preparing them for. He maybe even needed him to see... if eyes are the windows to the soul... it must have ignited a soul stirring experience within Thomas to behold what his eyes had seen. This was just the fire

The Lord needed him to see so that through his passion the Passion of our Christ and His Truth could be shared with all men.

D Chevalier

 

 

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

 

Daddy i beleive that You are a miracle worker and there is nothing You can't do,  You have shown up for me time and time again.  I ask that You have mercy on me and forgive me for the doubt and fear that i allow to creep into my spirit.  Daddy i cry out to you and ask that you please, please help my unbelief and continue to strengthen me in my mind and my spirit. In Jesus Name i sincerely and humbly ask i need You Daddy.

S Thorn

 

Wow!! What a glorious moment in history for our Beloved Savior & His Disciples!! To witness The Resurrection FIRSTHAND!! This must have been an AMAZING SIGHT😍. I'm sure they were full of awe, wonder, and terror all at the same time before Our Lord Yeshua revealed Himself to them☺️.

 

**I am filled with a renewed sense of GRATITUDE & APPRECIATION of Our Lord, and of this AWESOME GIFT of SALVATION that He PAID for with His Own Precious Blood😪

 

**Reading the book of John has renewed my faith, conviction, and commitment to live my life in such a way that HIS SACRIFICE FOR ME...FOR US, is NOT IN VAIN🙏🏽☝🏽☝🏽. The cost was too high and the sacrifice too great for me to live a life less than worthy of Him.

 

I am grateful for a Beautiful Awesome church and an Amazing First Lady to lead me DEEPER and CLOSER to Our Master!

 

May I NEVER FORGET His sacrifice and SHARE The Gospel of Peace at every opportunity🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

S Joseph

 

What do I think?

There is a lot going on ..after the empty tomb is discovered , I see faith, doubt ,unbelief and the truth of Jesus Christ merge.

The empty tomb and his appearance to the disciples changes it all!

v20:19 settles it for the disciples , Jesus appears gives them his Peace and he breathed the Holy Spirit on them, so they may go and make disciples , Thank you Lord, for your Holy Spirit that will forever be my peace.👆🏾Breathe on me.

C Taylor

 

When I think of Mary Magdalene lingering alone in the garden. I think of Proverbs 8:17--"I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me".  Personally the mornings are when I get in my Word, pray and express my love to the Lord. Whereas, like Mary so loved her Lord , she sought Him in the mornings.

 

All Jesus had  to do was speak her name and Mary immediately recognized Him.  Jesus asked the question that the angels had asked, "Why are you weeping"?. Some mornings I wake from a night of weeping and in the morning as I seek Him, like Mary,  I recognize His voice in His Word and then the JOY COMES IN  THE MORNING!  With a good cup of coffee I feel ALIVE like Mary because the Lord quietly speaks our name and His sheep hear (recognize) His voice.

 

Like Mary I want to grasp your feet Lord and hold on and never let you go! Fill me up Lord with your Glory so that I can let my  light so shine ,so that men will glorify you in heaven.  I want to be able to say to the world like Mary said, "I have seen the Lord"!!

K Lockett

 

“Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!””

‭‭John‬ ‭20:29‬ ‭GNB‬‬

As I read this chapter I said to myself how could some of them not believe after all what Jesus did while being here on earth with them all this time. How could they not believe after they eye witnessed the resurrection? Then he spoke and “said all the promises I have fulfilled for you and yet you still doubt me sometimes”. Lord, Lord, Lord, forgive me and help my unbelieve.

L Dean

 

Mary M: Mary loved the Lord with a great and genuine love. When you think of her story and all that Jesus did for her you would understand her, great pain at losing her LORD (so she thought). I love the part when she saw Him how she didn't recognize Him but whenever she HEARD His voice she immediately knew who it was speaking. Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”‭‭John‬ ‭10:27‬

I can imagine her feelings of joy, peace just being overwhelmed in HIS presence. There is something beyond words when the Lord speaks to you specifically, calling you by name...its personal and intentional. This shows relationship and ownership. In Isaiah He says: ...Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.” Isaiah 43:1 and how He knows us and our needs, then He shows up and settled the matter. 🎼🎤”Nobody like you Lord, nobody like you Lord”

 

Peter: Peter is one of my favorite NT people. When Peter and John (the disciple that outran him, whom Jesus loved) heard the news from Mary, they ran to go see. *side-note: it's not how fast you run, look at this beautiful scripture from Solomon...“I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.” ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭9:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬ (being in Christ is the “chance” who places us in the right place at the right time...sovereignty: we just have to endure ) you see Peter had already faced the greatest disappointment of his life in Ch 18 but there are some pieces that still didn’t quite fit yet. Although John raced Peter to the tomb, John was satisfied with looking in but Peter entered in. (John followed Peter in) Anyway, until this point they had not understood when JESUS said He would rise again. Then they went to their own homes. I believe pieces started to come together at this point. Jesus told them this would happen and that they wouldn’t understand now but would later: John 12:16, Luke 18:31-34, Luke 9:43-45...and in John 13:7 when Jesus washed the disciples feet He told them you don’t understand now what I’m doing but you will later. This is that later! Sometimes in life we have pieces here and there, and we don’t understand it. We ask WHY? Just be assured that your later will come when all the pieces come together and you will understand all things that He’s spoken, showed or given you(Romans 8:28). This is where Peter was and in spite of all that they have all been through and Peters great failure, He’s seeing the bigger picture. God’s wisdom is infinite!!!

 

Thomas: I don’t know about you but I’ve been in Thomas’ shoes before! What I do believe though is that in his doubt Jesus was able to increase his faith incredibly. Out of his own mouth “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.” ‭‭John‬ ‭20:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 

Favorite scripture in this chapter:

“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.”

‭‭John‬ ‭20:17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

R Thibodeaux

 

 

I can honestly say I was once Thomas. Growing up i was in church weekly because it was part of my normal routine, I had religion and not relationship. Until I really took the time to really know who God is in my life I had to see the signs, I didn’t understand it all. But God- He showed me not to be afraid of the unknown, to simply live life knowing He got my back and I’m not alone. It’s an awesome feeling. Thank you Lord🙌🏽

C Jenkins

 

Ch 20: Mary M & all the disciples believed with the exception of Thomas.  He would not allow himself to believe unless he saw & fulfilled a physical act upon Jesus before he would even consider believing.  Jesus told him because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. This is all Jesus requires of us..CHILD LIKE FAITH. This is when he can work with us & show us Christ like miracles.  For if we believe then we have life through the source, our Lord & Saviour. All it takes to move a mountain is a mustard seed of faith,  for if we doubt, his word says we are double minded & a double minded man is unstable in ALL his ways. Let not that man expect to receive anything from the Lord.  He stands at the door of our hearts & knock. We should have the love, honor,  respect & faith to answer & say come in my lord.

 

Ms. J. Aubry

 

But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. (Psalm 49:14)

 

All scriptures will be fulfilled!!! This is it!! A new law begins and death is defeated!! No longer bond to the law!!  The Father, The Son and Now the Holy Spirit... all ONE!!! Seeing is believing!! Not seeing is Faith!!! Our saviour took our impending doom and gave us GRACE!!! No longer under the law!!! Jesus did it just for me!!! I've got a way-maker!!! The law showed us our sins and NOW Christ has rescued us!! Praise God for his mercy!!!!

M Kennedy

 

My thoughts on Thomas in Chapter 20, I know that he was definitely a Hebrew, lol 😂 ☝🏾especially after reading verse 25!

 

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.

 

Truth be told that is how many of us are today, we have to see before we believe! Sadly, that is not how faith works so, as a whole that is why and how we as a people (Hebrews)  fall short, and many of us die before accepting and believing that Jesus is Our Lord and Savior! (Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.) Thankfully, that is not the end of Thomas’ story, Jesus did not leave him in his unbelief!

 

John 20:26-29

     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.

 

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.

 

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

 

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.

 

Our Lord and Savior Jesus left us with a good example of how to treat people who are slower than others in believing the gospel. We need to show them love (agape), patience, have understanding, don’t be judgmental, don’t give up on them, and always be kind. Just as sincere as Thomas doubt was, his faith was just as sincere!!!!!!! When Thomas believed he called Jesus, “My Lord and my God”. Lord please help me in areas where I have unbelief, Lord help my unbelief and please help me to be bold for your kingdom and to have patience when dealing with others, especially my people (Hebrews) and to always show them love in Jesus name, Amen!!!!!! 🙌🏾☝

 

 R Fisher

 

 

I Love chapter 20 , the fact that he Has RISEN , What I think about the disciples?

1

Mary .M  when I think of Mary M I see her Love for Jesus, the way she express herself, towards him and everything he does is very protecting, and loving and I believe that God is pleased with her actions , so pleased that he chose to reveal himself to her first, My God what an Honor to be the first on earth to see him from his resurrection,

Peter on the other hand still just as bold for the Lord did ask any questions he went straight to the tomb and in it , I honestly think that He believed that Jesus had Risen like the word said , However I believe he didn't understand how it took place , Peter had to go think about what just happen , because He knew that Jesus was back,

The disciple that ran fast kinda reminded me of Thomas , Honestly it's like he ran fast for nothing because he didn't go in the tomb until Peter got there how ever the part that he reminded me of Thomas , John 20 :5 says he saw the linen in there,  but didn't go in , when he finally went in John 20:8 says he went in (Finally) and saw then believed , he believe that something happen , but truly didn't understand what rook place

Thomas on the other hand well He just didn't believe nothing no matter how many times anyone told him. Thomas basically Had chose to walk by sight and feelings  vs faith , However once Jesus revealed to Thomas himself , I believe it brought Thomas faith to the next level . Amen C. ALEXANDER

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