Mary Magdalene having discovered Jesus was no longer in the tomb stood outside crying. She had an encounter with two angels whom inquired why she was upset, she answered it was because Jesus was no longer in the tomb. Afterwards, she saw Jesus who she did not recognise at first, but did eventually.
She went ahead as instructed by Jesus to inform the disciples that Jesus was alive and will soon ascend to His father.
Jesus appeared to the disciples twice; the first visit where He breathed on them the Holy Spirit as Thomas was absent, while the other visit was experienced by all.
Thomas was initially in doubt when the disciples told him they had seen Jesus, but when he touched his pierced hands and sides, he believed.
Jesus expressed how blessed those who do not wait to see before believing are.
Many other signs Jesus performed while with the disciples were not recorded, but these recorded ones were done as a proof that indeed Jesus is the messiah.
Faith as described in the bible is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Having a strong and growing faith is good, but what glorifies God more even than a strong faith is an evident faith.
A faith that is evident is one that trusts and thanks God long before the prayer is answered.
The resurrection of Jesus is a pointer to the fact that every dead situation in your life can be ignited with life, only if you believe.
Many have missed out on their blessings because they were hanging on to unbelief.
Release yourself in faith and see your desires come to fulfilment.
Lord I choose to believe you in my daily journey of life.
Reading – John 20:11-31
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said,“Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Purpose of John’s Gospel
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
- John 20:24 Thomas (Aramaic) and Didymus (Greek) both mean twin.
- John 20:31 Or may continue to believe