Witnessing To New Life
Audio
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
April 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
JOHN 20:1-18
Subject
Witnessing To New Life
Description

The Empty Tomb

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalenewent to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

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.

 

 

Pastoral Summary of Jophn 20:1-18

Early on Sunday morning, before dawn, Mary Magdalene (witness to Jesus' death and burial) comes to the tomb and finds that the "stone" door has been rolled back, so she and those with her ("we", v. 2) tell "Peter and the other disciple" (v. 3, traditionally John) that they suspect that someone has removed the body.  The "other disciples", apparently younger, outruns Peter (v. 5).  But the orderliness of the "cloth" (v. 7) and "linen wrappings" show that the body has neither been stolen nor spiritualized.

John, when he see, comes to trust that God is active; by implication, Peter does not understand yet.  They do not yet understand the signficance of what is occurring (v. 9), of how it fits into God's plan, because they have not yet received the Holy Spirit.  Mary, still thinking that the body has been moved, has returned to the cemetery.  In her grief, she sees "two angels in white" (v. 12), heavenly messengers.  She recognizes Jesus when he calls her by name.  But something has changed, they are in a new relationship: "do not hold on to me" (v. 17).  To John the evangelist, Jesus' crucifixion, resurrection, exaltation and return to heavenly glory, his ascension, are parts of a single event.