John Lesson 28 Day 4

John 20:19-23

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John Lesson 28 Day 4

9.  a.  Jesus Shows Up

On the same day Mary delivered the good news, the disciples remained behind closed doors, afraid to be in public because of the Jewish leaders.

Then Jesus showed up. He knew where they were, and He knew how they were—anxious.

Some scholars believe Jesus entered the room the ordinary way—by opening the door. Others believe, as I do, that since John made special mention of shut doors for fear of the Jews, conveys a different message.

The sense is not only that the doors were shut, but secured and locked against any unwelcome entry. The idea is that the room was secure when suddenly Jesus came and stood in the midst. We aren’t told how Jesus entered the room, but the sense is that it was not in any normal way and that He seemed to simply appear. (Guzik) This shows that our resurrection bodies will not have the same limitations as our physical bodies do.” (Andrew Wommack)

Since John often points to the miraculous to prove His thesis that Jesus is the Son of God, the latter seems more plausible to me.

Hearing that Jesus was alive was comforting and exciting news. Seeing Him face to face even better.

Jesus might have gone anywhere and done anything after His resurrection, but He wanted to be with His people. He sought out His people.

That same day, Jesus appeared to the other women (Matthew 28:9-10), two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:13-32), to Peter (Luke 24:33-35, 1 Corinthians 15:5), and to ten of the disciples, Thomas being absent (John 20:19-23). (Guzik)

Peace be unto you—His usual salutation and benediction. May every blessing of heaven and earth which you need be granted unto you!  (Adam Clarke’s Commentary)

Our Master came to his cowardly, faithless disciples, and stood in the midst of them, uttering the cheering salutation, ‘Peace be unto you!’ My soul, why should he not come to thee, though thou be the most unworthy of all whom he has bought with his blood? (Spurgeon)

Jesus gave them the gift of peace.

They were filled with great joy. (AMPC)

Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

b. Jesus’ resurrection sets Him before us as the pattern and the promise of immortal life.

I experience the most comfort, joy, love, peace, and encouragement when I sense the Lord’s presence. That usually happens when I turn my heart toward Him during the day or night and during times of prayer and worship. I also experience His presence while listening to podcasts of messages by my favorite preacher/teacher.

Sometimes the Lord’s presence manifests unexpectedly. I so love that.

In times of discouragement, I read my list of blessings and miracles I’ve experienced in the past.

Like the time when my then two-year-old son’s kidneys shut down for several days. His kidneys were suddenly and miraculously healed and so were all of his allergies.

The Evil One never reminds me of those times. Why is that? (Facetious comment.)

I seek to emulate David—But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6 AMPC)

10.  Convincing Demonstrations

  • Now He drew close enough to each of them that they could feel His breath. He breathed on them (Voice): This wasn’t a wispy, holographic Jesus. They stood close enough to see His wounds, touch Him, and even feel His breath. This was the living, breathing Son of Man.
  • Jesus ate a piece of leftover fish right before their eyes. (Luke 24:42-43 MSG)
  • Jesus showed Himself alive…by [a series of] many convincing demonstrations [unquestionable evidences and infallible proofs], appearing to them during forty days and talking [to them] about the things of the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3 AMPC)
  • Jesus appeared to more than 500 believers at one time. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8 Voice)

I posted this on the Off Grid Worship Facebook page last week.

Some of the best books on the Resurrection have been written by lawyers, some of whom originally set out to disprove it….Sir Edward Clark, another English jurist, once wrote: ‘As a lawyer, I have made a prolonged study of the evidences for the first Easter day. To me the evidence is conclusive, and over and over again in the High Court I have secured the verdict on evidence not nearly so compelling. … As a lawyer I accept it unreservedly as the testimony of men to facts that they were able to substantiate.” (Boice)

The disciples needed a lot of help with their unbelief.

In order to faithfully and believably continue Jesus’ ministry on earth, it was and still is critical that Jesus convinces the disciples He defeated death. Without the resurrection, the cornerstone of our faith is removed and the structure built of living stones, crumbles.

11.  John 20:21-23

Jesus: I give you the gift of peace. In the same way the Father sent Me, I am now sending you. (Voice) [as My representatives] (AMPC)

John: We have watched what God has done, and we stand ready to provide eyewitness testimonies to the reality that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. (1 John 4:14 Voice)

Jesus gave His disciples a mission, to continue His work on this earth. This was the commission to do what Jesus had already prayed for in John 17:18: As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. (Guzik)

As He breathed on them Jesus said: Welcome the Holy Spirit of the living God. (Voice)

Jesus gave His disciples the Holy Spirit, bringing new life and the ability to carry out their mission. It seems John noted a deliberate connection between this breathing on the disciples and when at creation God breathed life into man. This was a work of re-creation, even as God breathed life into the first man. This is where the disciples were born again. (Guzik)

Jesus: you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. And you will be My witnesses, first here in Jerusalem, then beyond to Judea and Samaria, and finally to the farthest places on earth. (Acts 1:8 Voice)

Jesus: You now have the mantle of God’s forgiveness. As you go, you are able to share the life-giving power to forgive sins or to withhold forgiveness. (Voice)

Jesus gave His disciples authority to announce forgiveness and to warn of guilt, as authorized by the Holy Spirit. We can say that Peter’s preaching on Pentecost (Acts 2:38) was an exercise of this promised power to announce forgiveness of sins. (Guzik)

 


MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 28 Day 4 ~ John 10:19-23