The Central Idea of John 20:1-31 is that Jesus is resurrected from the dead and revealed Himself to Mary and the eleven disciples. On the first day of the week after Jesus’ crucifixion, Mary came to the tomb and found it empty (John 20:1). She ran and told Peter and John, who came and found the tomb as she had described (John 20:2-5). Upon looking into the tomb, they saw Jesus’ burial wrappings lying there and His face-cloth rolled up by itself in a different place (John 20:6-8). Not yet understanding the Scripture concerning Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples went home (John 20:9-10). Mary remained at the tomb and encountered two angels sitting where Jesus had been laying and briefly conversed with them about the location of Jesus’ body (John 20:11-13). Then Mary encountered Jesus and spoke with Him, assuming He was the gardener, and again asked about the location of Jesus’ body (John 12:14-15). Jesus then revealed Himself to her and in excitement she grabbed Him (John 12:16). Jesus then told Mary to go tell the disciples He is alive and will ascend back to heaven, which she did (John 12:17-18). When it was evening, Jesus appeared to the disciples and showed them His wounds (John 20:19-20). He spoke peace to them and gave them the Holy Spirit, explaining their right to declare whose sins have been forgiven or retained (John 20:21-23). Thomas was not among the disciples when Jesus appeared (John 20:24), and he did not believe their report (John 20:25). Jesus revealed Himself again eight days later specifically for Thomas’ benefit, and he believed (John 20:26-28). Jesus then pronounced a blessing on those who believe in Him, even though they have not personally witnessed His resurrected body (John 20:29). John then states the purpose of his book is a written deposition concerning Jesus’ miracles, which prove He is the Son of God, and the Savior of those who believe in Him (John 20:30-31).
July 8, 2017