Dear brothers and sisters,
Welcome back to the Bible study on the Gospel of John. I pray that God will also bless us while we are on this journey through the fourth and last of the Gospels. It has already been a great journey so far with doing the Bible studies over the first three Gospels and I ask God to also bless this Bible study on the Gospel of John. That He will guide us and show us all that we need to learn and know!
Thank you also for blessing this blog for this coming year!
In the 20th chapter of the Gospel of John we will discuss the following chapters:
- The empty tomb
- Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
- Jesus appears to His disciples
- Jesus appears to Thomas
- The purpose of John’s gospel
The empty tomb
On the first day of the week while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene was already going to the tomb where Jesus was placed. This shows how loyal she was to follow Jesus. Even when He was no longer on this earth in human form, she found it very important to go to His tomb to honor Him.
But when she came she saw that the heavy stone before the tomb was removed and that Jesus body was no longer there. She immediately to Simon Peter and the other disciple to inform them and they also checked and saw that Jesus was no longer there.
The other disciple immediately understood and believed what had happened, but Simon Peter and Mary Magdalene still did not understand. This shows how important it is to fully understand God’s word (The Bible) because God has already foretold us what was going to happen. And by the resurrection of Jesus again a prophecy had come to pass!
Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
Mary was still at the tomb and was crying because of the disappearance of Jesus’ body. At that moment two angels were seated at the tomb and asked Mary why she was crying. This shows that we should not cry but celebrate what had happened: Jesus died and came back! All happened and happens in accordance with God’s plan. She still did not understand and asked a gardener (although she thought it was a gardener and asked him to tell her where he had placed the body of Jesus. At that moment Jesus made Himself known to her and told her that He had not yet gone to heaven and that she shouldn’t cry but inform the disciples of what had happened. The crucifixion of Jesus was part of God’s plan for us and we should not cry for it, because He did it out of love for us.
Jesus appears to His disciples
In the evening of that same day He went to the house were all the disciples were gathered and said “Peace be with you”! and showed them his hands to show to them He was in fact Jesus. The disciples were filled with joy and God told them that peace was with them and that God had sent Him to sent them out into the world to do His work. Next he breathed on them and let them receive the Holy Spirit, which came on earth to replace Jesus in our life on earth. Therefore follow the Holy Spirit in everything that He guides you in. Also He made it very clear that our sins can only be forgiven, if we forgive the sins of others. So never allow yourself to not forgive others how difficult it may sometimes be.
Jesus appears to Thomas
One of the disciples (called Thomas) was not there and was later informed about the resurrection of Jesus. And although it was prophesied and his fellow disciples even told him, he wouldn’t believe that Jesus was back again. A week later the disciples were back in the same house and the door was closed. And all of a sudden Jesus was there and again He said: Peace be with you. He asked Thomas to take his hand and touch His hands. It was not until now that He truly believed that it was really Jesus. At that moment Jesus told Him and us that the one that believes without seeing is truly blessed. In this world were are taught to first get prove before we believe something to be true, but with God this doesn’t work like that. God asks of us to fully trust Him and believe in Him and His wonders/power without seeing. So no matter what situation you are in, you have to trust God that He will take care of it without you seeing prove of it first.
The purpose of John’s gospel
John finishes his gospel by stating that Jesus did many wonders that are not even mentioned in his gospel. The purpose of this book is to start believing in God without seeing prove first.