Day 20 • The Tomb is Empty

John 20

The Resurrection

1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2 She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4 They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6 Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, 7 while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. 8 Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed—9 for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 10 Then they went home.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. 12 She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

14 She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

16 “Mary!” Jesus said.

She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

17 “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

Purpose of the Book

30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

  • mike

    Thank you for answering our prayers and being here for us each and every day.

  • Anita

    Yaaaay! I can’t wait to be a part of the Proverbs blog and devotion every day.
    Had to get that out before saying that I also LOVE today’s video message. If the tomb is a metaphor for my old life, then praise God that the tomb is empty and I am now being filled by the precious Holy Spirit. Thank you, Lord, for redeeming my shallow emptiness into unspeakably blessed life.

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  • Terry Wolfe

    He has Risen- Yes he has risen indeed! Thank you Jesus for your ultimate sacrfice. We are no longer the “Adams” of this world. We are now followers of Christ- Christians!

  • Gayle

    Amen and thank you Jesus for what you have done and what you continue to do in us. Thanks pastor Kerry for continuing the blog study with proverbs. I have truly enjoyed having this special time with you and the Lord. God Bless you and your ministry!

  • Diane

    I had once read a piece about the “folded cloth”, the piece that covered Jesus’ head. There was a custom (?) at the time, that if someone left the table of eating, and just dropped or piled his napkin on the table, it meant he was unfinished with his meal, but if the napkin was “folded”, he was done. So in folding the cloth which covered His head, Jesus was signifying that “IT IS DONE”. Can’t debate it, but the thought left me in awe.

  • Nicole Williams

    I believe!

  • Lori Hofferber

    Thank you so much Pastor Kerry! Diane … thank you for sharing the “folded” napkin story, awesome! I’m looking forward to P31! Thanks again!

  • Jimmy Rife

    Praise God for all of his wonderful blessings. Christ gave his life for me to live. No other can compare.

  • Luis Lozada

    The tomb is empty but the Holy Spirit is now everywhere. Thank You father for that.