The Gospel of John | Day Seventeen

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By: Brittany Green | Up From the Grave 

"I’ve grown up in a Christian home. I have been attending the same church on a weekly basis since I was 3 years old. I’ve always thought there is nothing much to my testimony, because it seemed as if my faith was practically forced on me. However, recently God has shown me otherwise. 

First of all, my testimony is unique and personal. That’s what I love about our God. He has made each of us so incredibly different and our journeys are alike enough to be relatable, but diverse enough for them to be our very own. 

Secondly, something I’ve come to find out is it is all too common to call yourself a Christian because of the atmosphere you group in. It may be the safest, easiest way to get by. And for a while I believed that. However, within the past few years, I decided I didn’t want to just get by with a “yeah, yeah i prayed the prayer i’m saved sure” attitude anymore. 

Over the past few years, God has been gracious in teaching me what it means to live out my faith and to truly abide in Him. Once you are reminded of your only purpose on earth (to serve and glorify Him), things are put into perspective and all of those little dumb worries fall away quickly. 

With the humility that concept has brought, there is equally the same amount of joy in carrying it out! I don’t know if you have ever experienced the joy of the Lord, but if you have you know I am not exaggerating when i say it is by far the greatest experience. 

Honestly, just simply ask Him to share His joy with you and He will do so and delight in doing so! You’ll never be the same, really. We serve a joyful God. That’s my favorite thing about Him. How cool is it that we get the opportunity to get to know Joy Himself, and be best friends with Him?! Super. Stinking. Cool."

Jenay, Senior

Start this morning writing a list to Jesus of 15-20 things you’re thankful for. Get your heart in an attitude of gratitude.

Now read John 20:1-18.

What stands out to you in this passage?

 

Write down or underline any phrases that describe the disciples’ +Mary’s excitement or emotions.

 

This passage is the reason Jesus came. It’s the reason we have life. And it’s the reason that Jesus’ life matters, and not only matters to the world but to our very own lives.

The tomb was empty. Praise the Lord!

Death no longer has a sting because Jesus defeated it. Satan doesn’t have a hold on this earth or our lives.

I love these passages. I love that the disciples enthusiastically raced to the tomb. They saw the empty tomb and they believed. The complete truths that Jesus had been teaching finally made sense.

I love Mary’s emotion. She loves Jesus so much that she weeps over his missing body. She’s grieving for His death and then finds His body gone. Searching for closure to her loss, she finds it in the complete person of Jesus’ resurrected self.

I love that she asks the “gardener” where they took Jesus. And how does Jesus respond? He simply says her name and she realizes it is Him. There is so much to that one little exchange.

Jesus knows her name. He knows her. And he seeks her out after he came back from the dead. He could have gone to anyone, but He knew that she needed the tenderness of Him knowing and saying her name. He also knew how much she could impact the other disciples in telling them of His resurrection.

In the same way, Jesus knows your name. He knows you. And He’s come back to seek you, to meet you where you’re at and to say your name. He’s come for you. And He wants to use you in ways that will impact others in spreading the news that Jesus saves.

What do you love about this passage?

Go back to that list of things you’re thankful for. How does that list change since your reading? Spend the rest of your time reflecting on the goodness that is Jesus’ resurrection.