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The Resurrection Of Our Lord (Apr 16th)

Pastor's Summary of John 20:1-18

Early on Sunday morning ("the first day of the week"), 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" (traditionally thought to be John) that they suspect that someone has removed the body. The "other disciple", 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 significance of what is occurring (v. 17). To John the evangelist, Jesus' crucifixion, resurrection, exaltation and return to heavenly glory, his ascension, are parts of a single event.