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30 August 2017

John 20
Do not Cling to Me

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important historical event in the history of mankind. The Jews, who generally rejected their expected Messiah, attempted to cover up the resurrection, and instead left historical proof that the event did happen, Matthew 27:62-66; 28:11-15. When I first came to Jesus, knowing and understanding the Father and Son were not emphasized. So I was left with my own assumptions. When I came to know that Jesus was the actual and physical Son of God, the spiritual concept of Christ was being resurrected in my thinking. Many today are still believing the same false ideas that I had believed. My prayer is that all come to know Jesus - the real Son of God.

Each writer of the gospels state a different number of women coming to the tomb, from one woman to a group, some at different times. Perhaps some writer’s more on the big picture and did not separate the timing of the visits. Or, they may have come as a group, and finding the stone was already rolled aside and the guards gone, went back to their homes, leaving Mary Magdalene behind.

Read John 20:1; Mark 16:9; Luke 23:55-56; 24:1-4, 23:
1. What day of the week & time of day did Mary M. & others arrive at the tomb & what did they see?
{Literal translations say first of the sabbaths instead of week. This rendering may be confusing to other than a Jew, not knowing they counted their weeks by the 7th-day sabbaths, Leviticus 23:15; Matthew 28:1. It was the 1st day of the week, we call Sunday. Apparently Mary M. came earlier than the others, & they saw a vision of angels.}


Read Mark 16:9; John 20:11-17.
2. To whom was the first person that Jesus appeared? What is the significance of appearing to the women first?
{Nothing happened as expected: no resurrected Christ in glory as King of the Jews; He was revealed to women first, not the apostles}


2a. Why do you think Mary did not recognize Jesus when he first spoke? Verse14-15; Mark 16:12
{When Jesus appeared to two on the road to Emmaus, neither did they at first recognize him, Luke 24:13-16, & neither did the disciples recognize him at first, Luke 24:36-43. He had a new spiritual body, cf 1Corinthians 15:35, 42-44.


2b. John 20:17: What did the words of Jesus mean - Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father?
{Thayer gives the primary meaning of the Greek g680 for touch as to fasten oneself to, adhere to, cling to. Before his death, Jesus told the disciples that if he did not go away (ascend), the Comforter would not come, John 16:7. He is telling Mary, “don’t cling to this old idea of me being the Messiah to set up a kingdom on the earth”, Luke 24:21, but that he would come back as the spirit of the truth, John 16:13; 12:49-50; Acts 2:33.}

John 20:1-2; Matthew 28:8-10; Mark 16:9-11; Luke 24:10-12
2. Who was first to tell the disciples about the resurrection of Jesus?
{Mark & John specify that it was Mary Magdalene while Matthew & Luke indicate all the women went together. The fact that Jesus appeared first to Mary M. then to the others indicate that she was first to the tomb, went to tell the disciples, then came the other women. After Jesus appeared to them, they also went to the disciples & confirmed what Mary had already told them - and they still did not believe them, Luke 24:11; Mark 16:11. Peter & John, however ran to the grave to verify their story, John 20:3; Luke 24:12, after the testimony of all the women. It appears that Matthew & Luke lumped all the visits together without regard to the timing.}


Read Mark 16:3; Matthew 28:2:
3. When viewed allegorically, is there a spiritual lesson to be learned from the messenger rolling away the stone?
{Picture a cave dug into a huge rock, & a large stone rolled in front of the entrance, & it is dark inside. This is a figure of a human mind in which Jesus lies inside - dead. The huge stone is a spiritual concept (belief) blocking the correct understanding. (At least six different views of Christ are taught by religious organizations today - only one can be right) Jesus is called a cornerstone: Ephrsians 2:20, the Rock: 1Corinthians 10:4; Cf also Job 14:19; 1Peter 2:4-5. Cp Psalms 16:10 & Acts 2:27, which quotes the former. See John 11:39 a spiritual grave1 is a place of the spiritually dead}


Read John 20:1-10: (at the insistence of the women, Peter & John visit the grave of Jesus)
4. What might be significant about the face napkin wrapped/folded and lying separately from the grave clothes?
{It was proof the body had not been stolen. Thieves would not have taken time to remove & fold grave clothes}


Read John 20:19-29:
5. In verse 22, what does it mean that he breathed on them the spirit?
{“Breathe on them” is an idiom similar to what we might use in English - “I want breathe a word.” As the Father gave life to the Son by showing him all things, John 5:26, 20, & speaking words to him, John 14:10, Jesus gives us his spirit & life by speaking words to us, John 6:63. Verse 23 is the key to receiving the spirit of the Father.}


5a. Why is it important to dismiss the sins of others committed against you? Mark 11:25-26
{By not forgiving others, God cannot deliver us from anger & resentment we hold against them.}


6. Where was the faith of Thomas? Verse 27; cp Luke 11:20 & Matthew 8:16; 12:28
{His faith was in his finger, in that he would not believe others, but had to verify that it was really Jesus.}

1 Psalms 16:10 hell (sheol h7585) is from shaal h7592, which means to seek to understand something that is not known. Sheol is a place of the dead; a place of not knowing, which is the meaning of hades g86, rendered “hell” in Acts 2:27. (Cf Ecclesiastes 9:5; Psalms 146:3; 115:17; Job 14:14

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