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Daily Devotion

Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Appearances

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READ:

John 20:10-31

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 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. 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 him. 14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 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. 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. 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 unto you. 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. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

1 Peter 1:8

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

EXHORTATION:

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n this section of John 20, the apostle records three post-resurrection appearances of Christ.

Jesus' appearance to Mary (20:10-18): When the two disciples returned to their homes, Mary remained outside the tomb crying. She saw two angels in the tomb. After she replied the angelic enquiry concerning her sorrow, she turned back and saw Jesus. She mistook Him to be the gardener. But when He called her "Mary," she recognized Him. She responded with the cry Rabboni! (which means my Teacher). She may have wanted to embrace Him physically, for the Lord responded, "Touch me not". Jesus told her that He was not there to continue to stay with her and other disciples, but that He would soon ascend to the Father.

Jesus' appearance to His disciples (20:19-23): The disciples remained under the fear of death at the hands of the Jews. So they met in secret at night, with fear, behind locked doors. Jesus passed through the locked door and stood among them (v. 26). This showed the characteristic of His new resurrection body. His first words "Peace be with you" brought the much needed comfort to the fearful group of disciples in that room (cf. 14:27; 16:33). Jesus then recommissioned the disciples, as His apostles. So He breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Spirit. He breathed on them; not only to show them, by this breath of life, that He Himself was really alive, but to signify to them the spiritual life and power which they should receive from Him for all the services that lay before them.

Jesus' appearance to Thomas (20:24-29): Eight days later Jesus appeared to the disciples again. This time He was particularly mindful to remove every doubt from Thomas' heart. He asked Thomas to touch Him and to stop doubting and believe. This was a forthright challenge to a personal commitment of faith in the risen Lord. Thomas' response, My Lord and My God! is the high point of the Gospel.

THOUGHT:

(Read John 20:29.)

PRAYER:

Lord, teach me to walk daily by faith and not by sight.