DiG – John 20

John 20
Read v14: Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Read v20: when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

Read v25: So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Read V29: Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Observe: Many times we think that Jesus is not with us, Jesus is quiet even in our troubles. Many times we also think that we need to SEE God before believing that He is real, He is a God. This passage reflected on the human’s heart: we see in Mary Magdalene, she did not know it was Jesus, Disciples who saw the Lord and was glad and Thomas with his disbelief.

  1. Mary Magdalene did not recognize Jesus. Most likely because it was in the dark and she was sobbing and she was looking for a dead body, not a person. I would have thought likewise too. Although Mary Magdalene had immense love for Jesus, I felt that this portion reflected people who are not close to Jesus. They know of His existence but are unable to recognize His hand over things that are happening around them. Christians would see it as God’s hand; this group of people sees it as mere coincidence.
  2. The disciples who were glad when they saw The Lord reflected those who are close to Christ, those who know the Presence of the Lord when He is near. In times of doubt, we see the cross and that is more than enough to know that we are more than conquerors because we have the very presence of the Lord with us.
  3. Thomas and his disbelief echoed the hearts of those who struggle to believe in Jesus because they have not seen his scars. Those who think that Jesus is coax or another religious story that is manmade.

This is why Jesus said “Blessed are those who have seen and yet have believed”, this is faith that we live by and not because we see but because we believe in the resurrection.

Application: Faith like mustard seed is all that is needed in the walk with Christ. This gentle Jesus wants a relationship with His disciples, wants a relationship with us. He went to the cross so willingly because that was His purpose, His calling and our call is to be His disciple, to walk on water and trusting in Him.

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