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Finally believe | John 20:1-10

1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2 She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4 They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6 Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, 7 while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. 8 Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— 9 for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 10 Then they went home.

John 20:1-10 (NLT)

Is it true?

Anyone who’s read the gospels knows there are different accounts of the resurrection, as there are of other events in Jesus’ life. You may have also heard skeptics claiming the apparent inconsistencies prove the accounts are unreliable. There are many well-documented Christian responses to this. A most famous contemporary one is The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. 

“So, while the resurrection accounts may seem to be inconsistent, it cannot be proven that the accounts are contradictory.” (gotquestions.org) This site presents a short synopsis and a chronological review of the events.

Events

Mary Magdalene (with some other women not mentioned by John) went to the tomb. She ran back and reported the news to the disciples who then ran to see what Mary had reported. They saw the empty tomb and burial linens lying there. This table lays out the chronology of the Passion week as presented by the different gospel writers.

Finally believe

When John (the other disciple with Peter, and the disciple Jesus loved) goes into the empty tomb and sees the linens, he tells us that then he believed.  He believed what Jesus had been telling them all along – that He must die and rise from the dead. 

“Generally, the very first Christians did not believe in the resurrection only because the tomb was empty, but because they saw and met the resurrected Jesus. John was something of an exception; he believed simply by seeing the empty tomb, before meeting the resurrected Jesus.” (enduringword.com)

RЯeflection

  • Christian brother or sister, you have been given faith maybe greater than John’s – for not only have you not seen the risen Jesus, you have not seen the empty tomb! Have you thanked God for His grace?
  • Let us always remember our Lord is risen from the dead!

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