Week Fifteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 20: 1, 2

Sunday

John 20:1, 2 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.  So she came running to 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!”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we remember that by the power of God no tomb could keep you as its prisoner.

Thought for the day:  Jesus’ faith in God even on the cross was rewarded when he arose from the grave.

Monday

Matthew 2: 11 On coming to the house they [the magi] saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, from the time of your birth you were destined to give your life as a sacrifice for the salvation of the world.

Thought for the day:  Myrrh and aloes were combined for a rich perfume for weddings and burials. (See Psalm 45:8)

Tuesday

John 19: 38, 39 Later, Joseph of Aramathea asked Pilate of the body of Jesus.  Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews.  With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.  Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, like Joseph and Nicodemus we long to honor you in all things.

Thought for the day: If you want to honor Jesus, honor his disciples in their hour of need.

Wednesday

Matthew 27:59, 60 Joseph took the the body, wrapped in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.  He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may you be our guide when we must take the last journey to the grave

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Man of Sorrows, what a name for the Son of God who came, ruined sinners to reclaim.  Hallelujah, what a savior.”

Thursday

John 20: 19, 20 On the evening of the first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus cam e and stood among them and said,” Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we have heard the testimony of your disciples, and we believe you arose.

Thought for the day:  No one better than the disciples could have been found to verify that it was Jesus who arose from the dead.

Friday

I Corinthians 15: 48, 49 As was the earthly ma so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.  And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.

Thought for the day:  Lord Jesus, you were raised to live forever more.

Thought for the day:  When the new plant appears, the gardener does not wish to have the seed back.

Saturday

I Peter 1: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Prayer:  Lord God, in Jesus you have given us a hope beyond this world.

Thought for the day:  Behind the darkest storm clouds there is a sun that shines.

Adult Bible Study

G – R – A – V – E

Garden – In a garden near Golgotha was a tomb belonging to a rich man – John 19:41.

Repose – Jesus’s body was to repose in the tomb of Joseph – John 19:42.

Aloes and Myrrh – Joseph and Nicodemus prepared Jesus’ body for burial — John 19:39.

Visit – Early Sunday morning the women went to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body – John 20:1

Empty – The women found the grave to be empty.  Jesus was risen from the dead – John 20:1

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