John Lesson 27 Day 2

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John Lesson 27 Day 2

John 20:1-10

Mary Magdalene, Peter, and John find the tomb empty.

3. Mary Magdalene discovers the empty tomb.

Other gospels explain that Mary Magdalene did not come alone. “When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.” Mark 16:1 ESV

John 20:1 says “. . . Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”

After Jesus was placed in the tomb, Matthew 27:62-66 tells us that the tomb was sealed and guarded by Roman soldiers. In Matthew 28:1-8 says, “there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.”

“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.’ . . . They departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Mary Magdalene and the other women knew where to find Simon Peter and John and told them the situation at the tomb. John does not say that Mary shared all that the angel said. They all loved Jesus and had a close bond. Peter and John believed Mary or they believed well enough to go see for themselves.

4. John looked inside, Peter immediately went inside.

John outran Peter but was humble enough to leave his name out of the text, referring to himself as “the other disciple.” Tradition says Peter was an older man, perhaps in his forties or early fifties. John perhaps in his mid-twenties.

The entrance to this ancient tomb might have been only 3 feet (1 meter) high and 2.5 feet (.75 meters) wide. “It was large enough to get into, yet there was a bit of bowing and turning necessary.” For some reason John did not go in.(David Guzik)

John looked inside but did not go in. Perhaps he hesitated because Peter had not arrived. Or since it was not easy to get in and get out of this tomb, perhaps he was not sure he wanted to make that commitment.

As soon as he arrived, “action-oriented, impulsive Peter” immediately went inside the tomb.

After Peter went in, John went in also. At this point “he saw and believed.”

[Since John seemed to be staying with Peter (Mary Magdalene seems to have found them at the same location), perhaps Peter was a father figure to John. In that case, it makes sense John waited for Peter to arrive and go in first, reassuring him it was okay to go inside.]

5. a. Peter and John saw the linen cloths lying there.

Peter saw (the ancient Greek word theorei meaning “to contemplate, observe, scrutinize”) that the cloths were still orderly and neat. It looked as if the body evaporated out of the burial wrappings without disturbing their place.” (David Guzik)

Even though John did not go in right away, he clearly saw the linen grave wrappings lying there. Some assume that John thought the body was still inside somewhere, but the women said he was gone. (They may not have gone inside either since it was still dark.)

When John later went inside, “he saw and believed.”

b. John saw the linen clothes lying there.

“The linen cloths were still orderly and neat. The mixture of ointments and aloes and spices would dry and harden the linen cloths, making something of a mummy or a cocoon. The normal removal of these burial wrappings would require some tearing or cutting; Peter saw that it was no normal removal of the burial wrappings. “The whole point of the description is that the grave-clothes did not look as if they had been put off or taken off; they were lying there in their regular folds as if the body of Jesus had simply evaporated out of them.” (Barclay) (EnduringWord)

They both knew this was extraordinary.

6. a. Jesus “must rise from the dead.” John 20:9b

  • Even though Peter and John believed the fact of Jesus’ resurrection, they did not understand its significance because they did not know the Scripture.
  • The disciples were not yet born again, nor did they have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit to give them revelation and understanding.
  • Psalm 16:10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. ESV
  • The resurrection means that Jesus was “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:4 NKJV
  • We have assurance of our own resurrection: For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:14). NKJV
  • Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
  • [Jesus] “was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Romans 4:25

b. Because He lives—Ephesians 1:18-21

Praying the Word Ephesians Prayer

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John 20:1-10

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