The Resurrection is the great pivot of faith. Everything depends on this being true, on this happening within time and space. John lets you see what stopped him in his tracks when he stooped in and saw, not an empty tomb or a mess of hardened myrrh-gummed linen scraps torn off the body, but the linen strips unglued and folded up by themselves. Resurrection!
“Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.”
What a wonderful, humble testimony from John here. He displays honesty and clarity around this pivotal moment for him and John.
That before this event they did not understand that Jesus must rise from the dead.
But now, they BELIEVED.
And what a belief this was. It marked their lives, they went out into the world and brought the gospel to those around them, the Spirit firing the hearts and minds in a wave of motion that still carries on in force today.
These disciples gave up prestige and wealth, power and material possessions to follow Jesus; they gave up their lives (in many senses of the word) for their King.
This is a great cry for us, an exhortation. To BELIEVE! In the risen King, the Lord Jesus.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Dear Lord God,
Thank You for Jesus, our risen Lord and King.
Thank You for the belief of the disciples here, for the example it gives to us.
Thank You that we will join with them in glory, worshipping You in all majesty and splendour.