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Reflection on John 20:1-18 2017-04-13 20:18:28

Reflection on John 20:1-18

Karen    04/13

Go ahead to my brothers and tell them, "I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God”. John 20:17.

All four Gospels give eyewitness account of those who experience the resurrected Lord. Over the past more than two thousand years, Christians have joyfully proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus Christ to be "good news". The resurrection of Jesus Christ stands alone at the center of the Christian faith. John 20 simply narrates the plain event of Jesus' resurrection.

The day after Jesus' crucifixion was the "special Sabbath". However special that day was, the Bible does not mention anything that happened on that day. It leaves us a lot of room to envision what were going on in the minds of Jesus' friends. I am almost sure none of them thought that Jesus might rise bodily from the dead. This thought never entered the minds of the women who observed Jesus' burial since they "bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body." If they ever expected Jesus' resurrection, they would never buy those expensive spices. Because they didn't expect, they might spend the whole day to discuss "who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb" for them as Mark tells us.

I am also quite sure that Mary Magdalene and a few other women didn't have a good sleep in the special Sabbath night. "Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb” along with other women “and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance." The women were shocked when an angel tried to calm them while "there was a violent earthquake at the time”. The angel said, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." Mary probably didn't hear or understand what the angel just said, or most likely she didn't wait until the angel appeared to them. As soon as she saw the stone had been removed, without going into the tomb, she already made conclusion that someone took the body. She immediately ran to tell "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!’" The tone in her words was so positive that the beloved disciple John had to use an exclamation mark at the end of her sentence. Little did she know how wrong she was! Anyway, at that time, most of the men dismissed women's report as nonsense. By their law, women were not qualified as witnesses. 

The disciples were already perplexed and despondent by Jesus' crucifixion. Until a few days before, they still expected that Jesus' as the Messiah would overcome all opposition! Now they seemed to feel cruelly disillusioned and even ashamed. Perhaps someone had already accused them of following a false prophet. They were still convinced of Jesus' absolute holiness. Yet this left them more confused. And they figured that no one wanted to do anything with a dead body which was in tomb already and had no valuable to bury with. If Jesus' body was gone, it just means more trouble for them. "So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb". The other disciple was John himself. In writing his Gospel, John never referred to himself by name. He "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”. Perhaps his emotion was too great or he was shocked by the astonishing sight he saw. As John was stood deep in thought, Simon Peter who was behind him arrived, pushed past him, "and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen." John didn't tell us what Peter made out of the scene. But he tells us, after he finally went inside the tomb, "he saw and believed." Had either enemies or friends taken the body, they would never have removed the linen and carried a naked, bruised body. And the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus' head lay separate from the other cloths. It still retained its fold. It was as though the body had simply passed through the fabric. As John put the scene together, he began to recall how Jesus had foretold His resurrection. The truth then flooded his mind. This is John's testimony of how he came to believe in Jesus' resurrection. Years later, when he penned down this part of his Gospel, he confessed with a degree of shame that at that point he had not connected the prophecies of Old Testament with Jesus' resurrection. He made a point of saying, "They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead." This admission underscores the fa











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Reflection on John 19:16-30 2017-04-13 20:12:37

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Pilate had again and again pronounced Jesus' innocence, yet in the end, he signed the warrant for Jesus' execution. He delivered Jesus not to his own officers, but to the prosecutors, the chief priests and elders, so excusing the wrong to his own conscience. But the soldiers still had to attend the execution. They "took charge of Jesus" and led Him away to the place of execution. The Son of Man was delivered into the hands of wicked and cruel men. Both the priests and the soldiers joined in leading Him away.

Jesus carried His own cross and went out to the place of the Skull or Golgotha. The soldiers obliged Jesus as long as He was able to carry His cross to add His misery. Jesus did not oppose being led away, as the Scripture must be fulfilled, “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter”. It is us who deserved to be led forth as criminals to be execution. But Jesus was led forth for us, that we might escape the death. He went forth, not dragged against His will, but voluntary in His sufferings. He went out of Jerusalem which had been set apart by God as His special city for the Jews to worship Him in the temple there. Jesus was thrust out of Jerusalem as a criminal. "They crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on each side and Jesus in the middle." They crucified Him among the real criminals. He was made sin for us; therefore the cross was laid on Him.

"Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek." The soldiers who walked ahead of the condemned man usually carried a sign which listed the criminal's crimes. The notice nailed on Jesus' cross was different from any other. Instead of listing crimes, Pilate ordered the sign proclaiming Jesus' identity. Jesus is crucified because of who He truly is. The sign was written in three great languages of the ancient world, so all could understand. Pilate wrote a sarcastic inscription meant to annoy the Jews, but it was true beyond his understanding. God had a greater purpose: for all people to recognize the glory of His Son. Jesus is not only the King of the Jews, He reigns over all. Out of all the nations, God chose to reveal Himself to the Jews first. But the Jewish leaders accused King Jesus of blasphemy. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews', but that this man claimed to be King of the Jews." The chief priests objected to this title. They felt it was false, because they didn't believe that Jesus was the King of the Jews. They also believed it was demeaning, because it showed Rome's power to humiliate and torture even the "King of the Jews." Only a short while before, Pilate had submitted to the Jewish leaders' demand to crucify Jesus because they blackmailed him. Now he had the courage to stand up to the chief priests' protest. He answered, "Whatever I have written, I have written." He probably wanted to repay these leaders for getting him involved in crucifying an innocent man. But Pilate was guilty on his part. Had Pilate acted on what he knew about Jesus since he had the privilege of speaking with Jesus face-to-face, or took the warning given to him by God through his wife's dream seriously, his name would be remembered as one of greatness instead of one of shame.

On the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, there was another sign nailed on His cross. It was unseen by people around, but seen by God. This invisible sign could not be physically visible at all, simply because it was too long and too wide. On this sign, there was an endless list of charges against all whose sins cost Jesus His life. Apostle Paul explained to us in Colossians 2:13-14, "When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross." God Himself nailed all believers' sins to the cross. He is the only One who can write the long list.  No one can add or subtract. As believers, we can be joyful and take confidence that Jesus took our ugly sins with Him on His cross.

"When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

'Let's not tear it,' they said to one another. 'Let's decide by lot who will get it.' This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, 'They divided my garment among them and cast lots for my clothing.' So this is what the soldiers did." Our Lord Jesus suffered this terrible humiliatio


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Reflection on John 18:28-19:16 2017-04-13 19:44:17

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After the high priests and the Jewish Sanhedrin failed to exam Jesus to find fault in Him, they didn't take the gracious opportunity Jesus offered to them to exam themselves to check their own guilt before the Lord. Jesus Christ is the perfect lawmaker and the lawkeeper. There is no way for anyone on earth to prove that Jesus is a lawbreaker, since He breaks no law. On the contrary, the Jews who captured Jesus and tried Him were lawbreakers. They knew Jesus' innocence, but still were determined to kill Him.

At that time, the Jews were subject to Romans. The Romans allowed them a good deal of self-government, but didn't give them the legal right to carry out death penalty. The Jews had made many attempts to kill Jesus illegally. However, none of these attempts succeeded because God forbade. If the Jews had themselves been able to kill Jesus, it would have been by stoning. But Jesus said that when He was "lifted up from the earth", He would "draw all men to" Himself. "He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die." Jesus' prophecy had to be fulfilled so He had to die on the cross which the Romans commonly used to carry out death penalty. The Jewish leaders had no choice but left it to the Romans to kill Jesus on the cross. They had to take the trouble to do that during Passover. "The Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanliness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover." There was no law to forbid Jewish people to enter a gentile's house. But the Jews who delivered Jesus to Pilate were too religious to enter the gentile governor's palace for fear of contracting, not a legal, but only a traditional pollution to keep them from eating "the Passover". They came along with the prisoner; they might accuse their prisoner much more effectually if they had gone inside the governor's palace. But they were so careful of ceremonial and ritual cleanliness that they would not enter Pilate's palace, yet they were busy doing everything possible to crucify the Son of God. They made no scruple of breaking through all the laws of equity to persecute Jesus to the death. John exposed the hypocrisy of the Jewish leaders. They had no trouble to have an innocent Jesus murdered, yet they were afraid of ceremonial defilement.

Though the hour was early, rather than asked the Jews to wait or demanded them to enter the residence of a Gentile, Pilate accommodated the Jews' religious scruples and moved himself outside to meet these conspiring religious leaders. He put the most reasonable question to them that could be and asked the Jews, "What charges are you bringing against this man?" The Jews had formulated their charge against Jesus was to be "blasphemy". They knew well that Pilate would not proceed on a charge like that. They first attempted to induce Pilate to accept their verdict and condemn Jesus upon it, then execute Him with a trial. The Jewish leaders replied to Pilate, "If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over you." They could not have answered Pilate with more disdain. They couldn't bring a legal charge against Jesus according to Roman's law, but they wanted Pilate to have Jesus killed lawfully.

Pilate wasn't a total idiot. The Jews looked very rude and uncivil to him. He didn't like the idea that the Jews reached their verdict first and then tried to use his hands to kill a person without a legal charge. Pilate said to the Jews, "Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law." Pilate would rather not take the case and seemed ready to turn Jesus' accusers away. He was unwilling to do them the service they required. Pilate's reply forced the Jews to reveal their true intention. The Jews objected, "But we have no right to execute anyone." Nothing but the death of Jesus would satisfy them. "This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled." Jesus' death would be by crucifixion, lifted up on the cross. No word of Jesus shall fall to the ground. He can never either deceive or be deceived. The Jews charged Jesus as a deceiver, but they had their spirit so directed as to help to prove Jesus' words to be true.

“Pilate then went inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’" To the Romans, "king" meant a political rival. Even though there was nothing in the manner or attire of Jesus to a royal claimant, Pilate was bound by his office to take care of the interests of the Roman government. Pilate asked his first question to Jesus to determine whether Jesus intended to set Himself up as a king against Caesar. The Gospels are unanimous in giving this question a



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