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A Journey Through the New Testament Letters

Bob Lamkin

Bob Lamkin

Hi, I'm Bob Lamkin. Today is the 22nd anniversary of the day my daughter, Elyssa, was born. Happy Birthday, Elyssa! I remember that day well as it was one of the most amazing days of my life. It was a day filled with wonder and amazement as Lisa and I waited for Elyssa's arrival. When I finally held the precious gift God had given us, I was overwhelmed, and I remember shaking almost uncontrollably. Our lives would never be the same. It was a day that changed all the rest of the days that would follow.

May 2, 2012

WONDER AND AMAZEMENT -- A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE RISEN LORD

John 20
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John 20

The Resurrection

20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' [1] head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, [2] “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

Jesus and Thomas

24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, [3] was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of This Book

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 20:7 Greek his
[2] 20:16 Or Hebrew
[3] 20:24 Greek Didymus

Comments

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  1. Roger


    May 05, 2012 10:47

    Bob, Great to get to know you and your story. Keep growing and changing yourself as you assist others to grow on their spiritual journey.

  2. Marc


    May 02, 2012 05:37

    I'm blessed by the many ways, head and heart, I see you sharing the gospel of our risen Savior. Thanks for your devo this morning Bob.


  3. May 02, 2012 05:16

    Bob...What a great word for us today. Your central truth is one of my favorites...I'll be setting that one aside. Thanks, too, for pointing out that John was the one who saw most clearly. You can always tell who has been loved by the truth. Seers are always the ones who have most thoroughly repented and so feel the most loved and increasingly see everyone and everything the same way their Creator/Savior does. It's a blessing that those who see Him (Matt. 5:8) want to share..and I'm so thankful for the seers in my life who do!

  4. Larry Hopkins


    May 02, 2012 04:42

    Thanks, Bob! Great questions.

  5. Elaine Word


    May 02, 2012 04:34

    Grace and peace, Bob! This Chapter in John is filled to the brim with all kinds of possible oberservations, but I agree that the core truth is the impact of the Risen Christ. And that would make the important question: Have you encountered the Living Lord personally, and believed? I answer with resounding joy... YES, YES, thankfully, gratefully YES! Thanks, Bob, for cutting through the other facets of this chapter to bring us to the awesome truth... that when you have encountered the Living Lord for yourself... everything changes. It does, you are right. It did for me, and will for anyone who believes. You know... I can't even imagine what I would do had I been there... in the tomb, at the cross, near the resurrected Christ, but I can live with the same crystalized truth reflecting from my life. All who have trusted Him can do the same. He is the same Christ, just as real and alive today, just as pertinent, just as RISEN FROM THE DEAD as that 1st Easter. John 20 is current GOOD NEWS, not yesterday's OLD news. I agree with you, Bob, Jesus' Resurrection fills me with Wonder and Amazement.

  6. Sue Bohlin


    May 02, 2012 04:31

    I loved the way you connected your bio to your devo, Bob! As you marvel at the Lord's resurrection, I am reminded of the way some Watermarkers clap when we're singing about Him overcoming death and rising again--how I LOVE that! I also appreciate how John spells out his purpose statement for his gospel in v. 31--"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 in His name." He NAILS the truth that Christianity is not a pie-in-the-sky myth invented by men, nor is it a collection of sappy warm and fuzzy feelings. It's an evidential faith, a REASONABLE faith, that makes sense, holds together, and explains all the parts of life. And this is on TOP of the reality of a personal relationship with the risen Lord!

  7. Lee Danis


    May 02, 2012 04:07

    Bob, the story of one's personal salvation never gets old. Thanks for sharing it in such a personal way. Is anyone out there in Journey land on the fence? If so, Q#4 is a great invitation to join the best club you will ever belong to. It's free and last for eternity.

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