• The Cradle and the Cross

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  • The Disciples Go Fishing

    John 21:1–8

    In today’s passage, Peter was so eager to see Jesus that he jumped into the water and swam toward the shore, where Jesus was standing (John 21:7–8). Although Peter frequently talked and acted before he should have done so, surely ...Read More

  • The Purpose of John’s Gospel

    John 20:30–31

    John wrote his gospel to convince people that Jesus is the Messiah, but his gospel also strengthens the faith of those who already know that Jesus is the Messiah. We read and study John—and the rest of the Bible—all the ...Read More

  • Doubting Thomas

    John 20:24–29

    Christian faith is not against evidence. In fact, our faith is based on evidence. We believe because of the historical testimony of the Apostles to the ministry of Christ. It is no virtue to take a blind leap of faith; ...Read More

  • Giving and Withholding Forgiveness

    John 20:23

    James 5:16 exhorts us to confess our sins to one another. While confessing our private sins to others is not required to receive God’s forgiveness, there is benefit in such confession. Others can remind us of God’s promises to forgive ...Read More

  • Jesus Appears to His Disciples

    John 20:19–22

    John Calvin comments that Jesus pledged the Spirit to His disciples in order to equip them for pastoral ministry. He writes, “Those whom Christ calls to the pastoral office he likewise adorns with the necessary gifts, that they may be ...Read More

  • Joy and Strength

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  • Mary Recognizes Her Lord

    John 20:16–18

    We do not fully know what the changes in Jesus’ body were after His resurrection or what the changes to our bodies will be after our resurrection. We do know, however, that our flesh will become imperishable (1 Cor. 15:42). ...Read More

  • Mary Sees Jesus and the Angels

    John 20:11–15

    There is a parallel between Mary’s not recognizing Jesus until He spoke and Jesus’ teaching that we cannot know Him unless God draws us (John 6:44). Until God speaks to us by His Spirit, changing our hearts and allowing us ...Read More

  • Peter and John at the Tomb of Jesus

    John 20:3–10

    The Old Testament clearly predicts the death and resurrection of the Messiah, but apart from faith in Christ, the full import of these prophecies will remain hidden. But when we trust in Christ, we more and more understand that He ...Read More