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November 1, 2022

John 19:35 – And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true; and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

Thought: John is the only gospel writer who reveals that Jesus’ side was pierced with a spear of one of the Roman soldiers. This does not diminish the truthfulness of his words. “And he that saw it bear record, and his record is true.” John witnessed this act with his own eyes. He saw the blood and water come forth from Jesus’ side. The reason he reported it is so that all might believe. His testimony not only involved himself, but it was revealed by the Spirit of God. All can have confidence in his words.

Romans 10:17

November 2, 2022

John 19:36 – For these things were done, that the Scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

Thought: Jesus not only fulfilled prophecies of the Old Testament, He also fulfilled the types and shadows of the Old Law. People, places, things, and events of the Old Testament resembled things to come under the New Covenant. One of these was the Passover Lamb. This lamb was unblemished. Its shed blood procured the salvation of the firstborn of Israel from the death angel. When the animal was sacrificed, his bones were not to be broken. Jesus was the antitype of that Passover lamb.

Exodus 12:46

November 3, 2022

John 19:37 – And again another Scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

Thought: Jesus had cried out with a loud voice as He died, saying: “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” This drew the attention of those gathered at the cross. They watched as the soldiers drew near to Jesus. They saw the Roman soldier pierce His side. They saw the water and blood flow from His body. They saw His lifeless body hanging from the nails. Yes, the crowds looked upon Jesus. Little did they know, they were fulfilling divine prophecy by looking on Him whom they pierced.

Zechariah 12:10

November 4, 2022

John 19:38 – And after this Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

Thought: It is difficult to assess Joseph of Arimathea. The act that he performed on Jesus’ behalf is one for which he should be commended. He is the one responsible for burying the body of Jesus after his death. He did it was because he was “a disciple of Jesus.” Note, however, that he was a secret disciple “for fear of the Jews.” Shouldn’t he have been a disciple of the Christ outwardly? Shouldn’t he have suffered the consequences of acknowledging the Son of God? He is truly a two-sided coin.

Proverbs 29:25

November 5, 2022

John 19:39 – And there came also Nicodemus, (which at the first came to Jesus by night,) and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound weight.

Thought: Joseph desired the body of Jesus from Pilate in order to bury Him. He was not alone in his efforts. Nicodemus assisted him. Nicodemus provided the mixture of myrrh and aloes in which they would wrap the body of Jesus. He, too, was a believer in the Christ. Previously, he had approached Jesus by night. Jesus taught him about the new birth. But, why did Nicodemus come to Jesus at night? Was he also fearful of the Jewish leaders? We see the dichotomy of another man of Jesus’ day.

I Kings 18:21

November 6, 2022

John 19:40 - Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Thought: Joseph and Nicodemus performed a marvelous service for the Lord Jesus Christ. They did not allow the Romans to dispose of Jesus’ body. Instead, they begged for the body and prepared it “as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” The refused to allow Jesus to be disgraced any more. They wound his naked body in linen clothes with the spices. Even though they were fearful of the Jews, they manifested courage on this occasion. Surely the news got out that they had buried Jesus of Nazareth.

Matthew 27:57-59

November 7, 2022

John 19:41 – Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.

Thought: Very near the place of Jesus’ execution was a garden. In that garden was a new sepulchre. It had never had another body placed therein. John does not reveal something very important about this tomb. It was a sepulchre that belonged to Joseph himself. He gave up his burial spot in order to give Jesus’ body a place to be buried. Sepulchres, much like burial plots today, were not cheap. The caves had to be hewed. The furnishings of the sepulchre had to be supplied. Jesus’ burial was with the rich.

Isaiah 53:9

November 8, 2022

John 19:42 – There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

Thought: The crucifixion of Jesus came at a critical time on the Jewish calendar. It was right before the Sabbath and the Passover. The Jews had rules that had to be strictly followed on these holy days. A time of preparation the day before was essential. Thus, the crucifixion and burial had to be hastened. Joseph had a sepulchre that was “nigh at hand.” That was convenient. Even so, Joseph had to donate the tomb. He had to give up something for which he has paid money. Truly, it was a sacrifice.

Matthew 27:59-60

November 9, 2022

John 20:1 – The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

Thought: If we only had John’s gospel, we would think Mary Magdalene was alone when she came to Jesus’ tomb. However, she was with several other women. When she arrived, she experienced the shock of her life. She saw “the stone taken away from the sepulchre.” The stone had been placed there by the Romans at the request of the Jews. Too, it had been sealed. In addition, a Roman guard was posted at the tomb. Yet, the stone was rolled away. The door was opened. What did this mean?

Mark 16:1

November 10, 2022

John 20:2 – Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

Thought: Again, we are not fully informed of all Mary and the others experienced at the tomb initially. They had gone into the tomb. They also had seen and communicated with two angels. Yet, even with that information, Mary still reported a false assumption to the Peter and John. She said: “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid them.” For some reason, the disciples of Jesus could not come to terms with the word “resurrection.” Jesus was alive!

Mark 16:4-6

November 11, 2022

John 20:3 – Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

Thought: Peter and John heard that Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb. They immediately went to the tomb in order to investigate the matter. At this point in time, all they could do was “see for themselves.” If the body had been moved or stolen, what would they have done? As they made their way to the sepulchre, we wonder if resurrection was in their minds? Mary simply said: “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre.” Did they remember Jesus’ words? Did they trust Him?

Mark 8:31

November 12, 2022

John 20:4, 5 – So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

Thought: John outran Peter and arrived at the sepulchre first. However, he would not go in. Instead, he stooped down a looked in. He saw an empty tomb with “the linen clothes lying.” We wonder: “Why didn’t John enter the tomb?” Was he afraid? Was he trying to be respectful? Did he simply want to wait for Peter? We may never know the answer to this question. It is hard to imagine what was in the minds of these men. They had been through so much. Now, Jesus’ tomb was empty.

John 2:19-22

November 13, 2022

John 20:6, 7 – Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

Thought: Peter did not hesitate to enter the sepulchre. He found an empty tomb. However, he saw something somewhat puzzling. The napkin that had been placed on the face of Jesus was “not lying with the linen clothes. It was “wrapped together in a place by itself.” The words “wrapped together” indicate that someone has rolled them up and placed them aside. Had someone moved or stolen the body, this most likely would not have happened. The “wrapping together” was not an act of haste.

Acts 2:29-32

November 14, 2022

John 20:8 – Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

Thought: For truth to established, there was the need for at least two witnesses under the Law. When John entered the sepulchre, he saw what Peter saw. This empty tomb was not the product of thieves who hurriedly took Jesus’ body. No, the evidence indicated that it was Jesus Himself who had dis-carded the linen clothes and the napkin. We are told that “he saw, and believed.” We might wonder how deep John’s believe was. Why would we wonder? Because he was seeing unbelievable things.

Luke 24:12

November 15, 2022

John 20:9 – For as yet they knew not the Scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

Thought: It is amazing that individuals can hear things from God’s Word numerous times, but they are not understood. The person can even hear and walk away assuming that he comprehends what is said. But, when the information becomes valuable in the person’s life, he proves that he does not truly understand the truths previously heard. The apostles had heard Jesus say that He would rise from the dead on the third day. They did not question it. However, when it happened, they stood in doubt.

Psalms 16:10

November 16, 2022

John 20:10 – Then the disciples went away unto their own home.

Thought: When we leave our houses each day, we do not know what we will experience throughout our day. When we return to our homes, we may have some moving stories to tell our loved ones. Peter and John “went away unto their own home” after seeing the empty tomb. It would be interesting to know whether they said anything or not. Were they so upset that they held the information in their hearts. Or, were they so upset that they had to tell others? Oh to have been a fly on the wall that day!

John 6:45-53

November 17, 2022

John 20:11 – But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre.

Thought: Here we learn that Mary returned to the sepulchre as well. Peter and John went to their homes, but Mary lingered. She was upset and troubled by the fact the tomb was empty. Notice the verse reveals that she was “weeping.” Not only was her Master dead, but now the body had been removed from the tomb. Her mind never contemplated the resurrection of Jesus. While she wept, she looked into the tomb again. How often have we seen something but must see it again to believe?

Luke 24:3-7

November 18, 2022

John 20:12 – And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Thought: While Mary wept, “she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre.” When she did, she saw two angels. One was sitting at the head of where Jesus had been laid. The other was at the feet. Mary’s shock must have been great. Who are these beings? What are they doing in the tomb of her Master? Are they the ones responsible for moving His body? Mary’s faith will either be challenged or strengthened when she hears their message. “He is risen” is not what she was expecting to hear.

Luke 24:22-23

November 19, 2022

John 20:13 – And they say unto her. Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid them.

Thought: The angels immediately spoke to Mary. They asked her: “Why weepest thou?” One of the best ways to get another to speak is to show an interest in their well-being. Mary did not hesitate to reply. She was weeping because she thought the Lord’s body had been taken and she did not know where it had been placed. It is still somewhat shocking that resurrection was still not in Mary’s mind. The prophets foretold it. Jesus declared it. The angels had proclaimed it. Yet, Mary could not grasp it.

John 16:20-22

November 20, 2022

John 20:14 – And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Thought: From one moment to the next, our lives can be filled with marvelous things. Sometimes we are unaware of the magnitude of these things. This was true of Mary on this occasion. First, Mary had seen and spoken to angels at Jesus sepulchre. Now, she turns around and sees Jesus standing. Think about that. She was seeing the living Christ. But, she “knew not that it was Jesus.” What caused her not to recognize Him? We are not told. What keeps us from seeing marvelous blessings given to us?

Luke 24:15-16

November 21, 2022

John 20:15 – Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardner, saith unto him, Sir, if thou hast borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Thought: It may have been that Jesus was not in a position for Mary to see Jesus very well. However, she had heard Him speak on numerous occasions. Surely, she should have recognized His voice. But, her mind was not on resurrection. She was convinced Jesus’ body had been taken. All she wanted is to have it returned so she and the other disciples could bury it properly. When the minds of men are focused on one thing, even falsehoods, it is difficult to grasp the truth that is standing before you.

Luke 24:15-16

November 22, 2022

John 20:16 – Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

Thought: Jesus had been turned in such a way that Mary Magdalene did not recognize Him. Too, she failed to immediately recognize His voice when He spoke to her. Now, He addresses her by name. “Jesus saith unto her, Mary.” She had probably heard this address many times while following Jesus. Now she turned, and said, “Rabboni.” It was not said in the form of a question. It was stated in an affirmative. She knew exactly who had called her name. Now, the resurrection was being understood.

John 10:3-4

November 23, 2022

John 20:17 – Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Thought: This verse is thought to contain something mystical about Jesus’ body after the resurrection. Many think that Jesus was not to be touched by humans after He was raised from the dead. This, however, is not the case. Many touched Jesus after the resurrection. Mary had just recognized Jesus. She may have wanted to hug him tightly, but something was more pressing. The disciples needed to be told that Jesus was alive. Jesus had not yet ascended. There would be time to touch Him later.

Matthew 28:9

November 24, 2022

John 20:18 – Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Thought: Mary did not disappoint her Lord. She left him and went to the disciples to tell them that she had seen Jesus. It would had been amazing to hear Mary’s words. It would have been interesting to hear the emotions found in her message. It would have been an experience to see her body language as she attempted to convince the disciples that Jesus was not dead but alive. Surely, her passion would have been enough to convince them. She was a good and honest woman. She had no reason to lie.

Mark 16:10-11

November 25, 2022

John 20:19 – Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be with you.

Thought: Mark’s gospel that reveals how the disciples responded to Mary’s report. Sadly, they did not believe. However, a few hours later that all changed. While the disciples were assembled together in their locked facility, Jesus came and stood in their midst. One can only imagine the fear that must have filled their hearts. Thus, Jesus spoke to them, saying: “Peace be with you.” Two things are revealed about Jesus’ desires for us. First, He wants men to believe. Second, He desires peace in their lives.

Luke 24:36-37

November 26, 2022

John 20:20 – And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Thought: Faith in Jesus Christ is not a “blind leap into the dark.” It is not the acceptance of something that you really do not know exists. Faith is supported by evidence. When Jesus appeared to His disciples, the first thing He did was show them His hands and His side. He wanted them to know that this was the body that had hung on the cross at Golgotha. It bore the scars of the crucifixion and the spear that pierced His side. This was not a ghost or a vision. This was the resurrected Christ!

John 16:22

November 27, 2022

John 20:21 – Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Thought: At this appearance of Jesus to His disciples, He again desires them to not be afraid but to be at peace. He then tells them: “…as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” Most believe that Jesus only commissioned His disciples one time just before His ascension. A deeper study, however, proves that Jesus affirmed the Great Commission several times during the days between the resurrection and His ascension. Jesus wanted these men to be fully aware of the task to come.

John 17:18-19

November 28, 2022

John 20:22 – And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.

Thought: Did the apostles receive the Holy Spirit on this occasion? If so, why would Jesus promise it to them again just before His ascension to the right hand of God? (See Acts 1:8). This appears to be a prophetic display by Jesus. He had promised them the Comforter in His teachings in the upper room. Now, the time was soon to come when the promise would be fulfilled. He told them He was sending them forth. He wasn’t sending them alone. The Holy Spirit was theirs to assist with their mission.

Luke 24:49