The Gospel of John – Chapter Twenty

The Gospel of John

 

Chapter Twenty

Now on the first day of the Weeks, while it was still dark,

(By our reckoning, early Sunday morning and by God’s, the first day of the week because the week begins after sundown, the previous evening. Thus God’s ordained week starts at sundown Saturday evening, the first day of the week begins, and the last day of the week, the day of rest as commanded by God to observe, begins at sunset, Friday evening. And in the scriptures here there were two Sabbaths to be observed in this particular week. Thursday and Saturday by our modern reckoning. In America as proof, look at your calendars to see when the week begins.)

Mary Magdalene, (Whom tradition and films claims was the wife of Jesus, which, of course, she never was.) came early to the tomb; and she saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” As a result, Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. Now the two ran together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and came to the tomb first. And he stooped down and saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not enter. Then Simon Peter came following him, and he went into the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin that had been on His head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had come to the tomb first, also went in and saw these things; and he believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture which decreed that He must rise from the dead. (Meaning very simply that Jesus had died and that He was now resurrected 72 hours later, the previous evening at sundown, from the dead. It was the beginning of the Wave Sheaf Day; He was born again in spirit.) Then the disciples went away again to their homes.

But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping; and as she wept, she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white who were sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” And after saying these things, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Thinking that He was the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him off, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” (Remember that Jesus was hastily laid in a borrowed grave because the Sabbath was upon them which is why Mary had thought that the gardener had removed Jesus.) Jesus said to her, “Mary.” Turning around, she said to Him, “Rabboni”; that is to say, “Teacher.”

Jesus said to her, “Do not touch Me because I have not yet ascended to My Father. (To offer Himself as the Wave Sheaf Offering as you may read of in Revelation.) But go to My brethren and tell them that I am ascending to My Father and to your Father, and My God and your God.”

Mary Magdalene came to the disciples, bringing word that she had seen the Lord and that He had said these things to her. Afterwards, as the evening was drawing near that day, the first day of the weeks, (which were counting down to Pentecost) and the doors were shut where the disciples had assembled for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be to you.” And after saying this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced because they had seen the Lord.

Therefore, Jesus said to them again, “Peace be to you. As the Father sent Me, I am also sending you.” And after saying this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Those whose sins you shall remit, they are remitted to them; and those whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” (Not to be confused with Catholic doctrine at the hands of the priests.) But Thomas, called Didymus, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. Then the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands, and put my finger into the nail marks, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe at all.”

(Disbelief at the death of Jesus followed by shock, then bitter confusion and self-accusations finally ending up on the heap of denial and unbelief, can we blame Thomas? Can we in some ways relate to him? And should we, of all believers, dare to point the finger at him and all that he had gone through and raise ourselves in righteous judgment? WE need to humble ourselves in our pitiful ignorance and with repentant hearts, serve the Lord and the brethren with love and without judgment, for as the Lord Himself whispered in great pain on the cross, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” We also need to be forgiven for our vanity and pride in judging others, especially the brethren.)

Now after eight days, His disciples were again within, and Thomas with them. Jesus came after the doors were shut, and stood in the midst and said, “Peace be to you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put forth your finger, and see My hands; and reach out your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and My God.”

Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, Thomas, you have believed; blessed are the ones who have not seen, but have believed.”

Now then, Jesus did many other miracles in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. (But we do have the other three reports of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.) But these have been written , so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, you may have life through His name.

(The film does vary somewhat from the Biblical narrative, but in its message, it presents the facts. Jesus, however, rose on Saturday evening, not Sunday morning, as the sun went down as I pointed out earlier and the place of the skull where He was executed stood outside but near the city walls.)

All scripture is taken from The Holy Bible In Its Original Order – A New English Translation. York Publishing. Hollister, CA. USA