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A Journey Through the Entire Bible

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


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John 20

The Empty Tomb

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though 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; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of John’s Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.


  1. John 20:24 Thomas (Aramaic) and Didymus (Greek) both mean twin.
  2. John 20:31 Or may continue to believe


The views expressed under “Comments” are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Watermark Community Church.
  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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