April 16, 2017 Sunday School Commentary
God’s Love As Victory
Devotional Reading: Luke 24:1-12
Highlighted Text: John 20: 1-10
Key Verse: “Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed” (John 20:8).
Some people believe that we are who say we are just because we tell them. However, others require signs or proof that we are who we claim. Jesus told many of those around him that he was the Messiah and he explained that he was the one who was sent to take away the sins of the world. As it is written, some believed him, but many did not. John’s account of Jesus’ empty tomb paints a clear picture of how Jesus proved that He was truly the Messiah and proved His loved for the world.
(John 20 1-2)
The Empty Tomb Discovered
Mary Magdalene, a famous “Mary” in the Bible who was identified by her town of origin called Magdala, appeared early on the first day of the week at Jesus’ tomb. She must have been truly stunned to find that that the heavy stone that was placed in front of the tomb had been removed. The stone that was placed to make sure no one went into the tomb was gone. Mary Magdalene’s task on that morning quickly changed. Now, instead of helping to prepare Jesus’ body for his burial, she would now have to report that the stone has been taken away. Mary Magdalene must have been pondering a variety of questions or scenarios in her mind. “Who took Jesus?” “Where did they take him?”
Mary Magdalene, ran to two of Jesus’s disciples, Simon Peter and one identified as a disciple Jesus loved and explained to them what she had discovered. It’s obvious that Mary Magdalene was distraught that Jesus’s body was missing from the tomb in her speech to the disciples as she referred to Jesus as “the Lord.”
Point to Ponder: How do we know that Mary Magdalene was deeply devoted to Jesus even after his death?
(John 20: 3-7)
The Empty Tomb Validated
After hearing Mary Magdalene’s account of the empty tomb, Simon Peter and the other disciple, who we later find to be John had to see it for themselves. They both ran to the tomb, but John arrived before Simon Peter. He discovered the strips of linen that must have been Jesus’, because the tomb had not been used. Although John arrived first, he didn’t enter to the tomb. However, when Simon Peter arrived, he walked directly into the tomb and he also discovered the linen that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. What had been told to the disciples by Mary Magdalene, had now been confirmed. The tomb was empty!
Point to Ponder: Have you ever been given some news, but didn’t believe it until you saw it for yourself?
The Empty Tomb Believed
In verse 8, the other disciple (John), who arrived at the tomb first went inside. John had already seen the linen that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head, but when he sees that the tomb is empty then he believes. What did he believe? The context leads that readers to think that John believed that Jesus had been raised from the dead. Although we believe that the disciples knew that Jesus had risen from the dead, they did not clearly understand from scripture why Jesus had to be resurrected. As the disciples go home, in verse 10, readers are left in expectancy about what we will happen next, since it had been confirmed that Jesus was no longer in the tomb.
Point to ponder: Why are some people quicker to respond and believe than others?
The account of the empty tomb in the book of John gives hope that the era of God’s salvation has come. We are victorious in knowing that because the tomb was empty just as the scripture said, Jesus has risen to save the world from sin. What greater confirmation of God’s love could he gave given us, than a risen savior?
Commentary by, Minister Tracy Robinson
Spirit Realm Divine Manifestation Ministries