devotion 4-21-14, John 20

Praise HIM on this Easter Monday!we are resuming our study of John, with the resurrection:

John 20:1-9

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So 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.” 3Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

In John, Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb alone; she finds the tomb empty, and runs to tell the disciples. Peter and John, if we assume “the one whom Jesus loved” is John, ran to the tomb. It is almost as if it were a competition, to see who could get there first! It was the “other disciple”, John, who arrived first, but Peter who went in. John then went in, “saw and believed”, but we do not know what it was that he believed! A few years ago, I wrote a poem about the 20th Chapter of John. These are the first verses; I will continue it with the next segment:

John 20

The tomb was empty!

He was not dead –
they had seen him die;
they knew he was dead;
and yet, he was not dead.

How difficult
that must have been
for them to believe!

Mary tells Peter and John
he is not in the tomb,

But they – they just
have to see
for themselves!

Do we do that?

Do we doubt?

Do we have to see
for ourselves?

How very hard
it can be to believe –

Christ died for you,
and for me,

there on that hillside
outside Jerusalem.

And yet, Christ lives!

The tomb is empty!

Picture is from Easter Sunrise service in Big Pine Community Park.

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