MASS OF THE DAY
I Reading: Acts 10: 34, 37-43: Peter’s testimony-We have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection.
II Reading: Colossians 3:1-4: Life with Christ-You must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is.
Gospel: John 20:1-9: He must rise from the dead.
The Great Discovery-The Empty Tomb, 20:1-10
In studying John’s account, it must be remembered that John was writing an historical account. He was not interested in giving insurmountable evidence for the resurrection. His interest was twofold:
(1) To give the evidence that led him to immediately understand and believe.
(2) To give enough evidence to lead anyone to immediate belief-if a person is willing to believe.
He was interested in giving enough evidence to make anyone’s faith viable and respectable. Now having said this, John’s record of Jesus’ resurrection is a strong historical account of the event. To an honest, objective and good heart, the evidence is convincing (Lk 8: 15).
1. John’s gospel eliminates any possibility of his fabricating a lie, especially a lie of such immoral proportions.
2. The phenomenal event actually took place. Peter and John’s running and John’s outrunning Peter; Mary’s human response of frantic bewilderment; the author’s fearing and hesitating to enter a tomb; the author’s believing without physical fact and admitting that his belief was not based upon an understanding of Scripture.
3. The head wrapping is strong evidence for the resurrection. Only the head piece is actually said to be folded up by itself. The other pieces are assumed to be still folded up because of the phrase “separate from the linen.”
4. The changed lives of the Lord’s disciples are indisputable evidence. It is psychological evidence. They were propelled by a dynamic power and bold courage. They preached and proclaimed the risen Christ to the very people who were seeking to arrest and execute them because the Lord had indeed risen, and He had planted within them a dynamic new power never before experienced by man.
In discussing evidences, we must remember that God through inspiration has not formulated the Scripture that He is (exists), that He is love and that He has shown His love supremely by sending His own Son to save a lost and dying world. What God wants from us is to love and belief, love for the Lord Jesus and belief in the supreme power of a loving God. This is just the point of the resurrection account. We are to believe because we love even as Mary and John loved (Mt 28:1; Jn 20:7-10; Heb 11:6; 1Jn 3:23).
1. Mary’s unquestioning discovery: The unsealed tomb (v.1-2)
a. She visited early
b. She saw the stone rolled back
c. She ran to Peter
d. She revealed unquestioning love: “They have taken the Lord”
2. Peter and John’s shocking discovery: The strips of linen (v.3-6)
a. They ran to the tomb
b. John glanced in: Saw the strips of linen
c. Peter entered: Saw the strips of linen
3. John’s thoughtful discovery: The undisturbed strips of linen (v.7-10)
a. The strips of linen
1) They were lying “undisturbed”
2) The head wrapping was still folded
b. The immediate belief
1) John saw and believed
2) He finally understood the Scripture
Thought: It is because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is an empty tomb and not the other way.
WISHING YOU A HAPPY EASTER & PEACE OF THE RISEN CHRIST!