He is Risen Indeed!
Today is the day after Resurrection Sunday (Easter).
1. Recognize the context: Historical and literary context-
In chapter 20, John presented the scene at the empty tomb. Mary Magdalene was alarmed to find Jesus' body missing from the grave, and she hurried to tell Peter and John. Both disciples ran to the tomb to verify Mary’s news. Then these two disciples returned to where they were staying.
Mary remained at the tomb and encountered two angels, who asked why she was crying. When Mary turned around, she saw a man she assumed was the gardener. As she dialogued with the stranger, she realized it was Jesus. He sent her to inform the disciples.
2. Read the Scripture: John 20:19-20
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.
3. Reflect on the Scripture:
Later in the evening, on Sunday, the disciples were gathered together. The doors were shut and locked because they feared the Jewish leaders, who put forth Jesus for crucifixion, would come after them. Suddenly, Jesus appeared miraculously among them.
His first words to the disciples were, “Peace be with you!” This phrase was the traditional Jewish greeting, but here it represented so much more. This proclamation of blessing was made a present reality through his death and resurrection. Their fear was to be replaced by peace. Paul spoke of this peace in Romans 5:1, declaring, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Then Jesus showed them his hands and side. This action confirmed his identity and verified Isaiah’s prophecy, declaring how this peace would be obtained. Isaiah 53:5 states,
“But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.”
The disciples responded with joy when they saw him. Here we are reminded of John 16:22, which states, “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again, and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”
Disciples of Jesus experience peace and joy because sin and death have been defeated.
4. Relate to life:
Remember, it is important to be a doer of God’s Word, not merely a hearer or reader (James 1:22-25). Here are some practical ways to actively respond to God’s Word. Consider these or create other ways you can apply the message.
Today, prayerfully consider what it must have been like for the first disciples as their sadness and fear were transformed into peace and joy.
Today, prayerfully reflect on the significance of the resurrection of Jesus in your life.
To do: (Actions with the Holy Spirit's help)
Given the prayer suggestions above, how do you need to respond today? Think about your attitudes, actions, and words. Think about your family, friends, church community, and co-workers.
Who can you share the news of Christ’s resurrection this week?
To study: (Always make sure to read the immediate context of the given passage.)
Read and study the verses above.