November 28, Reading 3 – John 20

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SAA Notes

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!

SJA Notes

“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.

Thank You!

Amen.

November 27, Reading 3 – John 19:17-42

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Joseph of Arithamea and Nicodemus gave Jesus a costly burial, suitable for royalty. It is their declaration that Jesus is their King, their Messiah. They are drawn to Him in His death and confess their allegiance openly.

SJA Notes

“Pilate answered, ‘What I have written I have written.'”

Whether he is in glory or not, Pilate here stands strong in his affirmation of the truth of Jesus.

THE KING OF THE JEWS

Pilate had been pushed and politically manipulated by the chief priests and the others gunning for Jesus, and I suppose he would be pushed no further.

And whether Pilate was a believer or not, whether he grasped the depths of what it meant for Jesus to be the King of the Jews – That doesn’t really matter.

Because God had it all working together in His Sovereign Will. And through Him, His Spirit at work in us, we can understand.

He was the true King of the Jews, God’s people called in Abraham.

And He is the true King of God’s people, blessed through Abraham, chosen by God from the foundation of the world, written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Pilate’s inscription describes the truth of Jesus, to those then who wished Jesus dead; it speaks backward to all from Adam; and it is true for all of us since then.

Jesus is King!

* Great God Above,

Thank You for Jesus, the true King!

Thank You for Your love for us, that through the death of the king we who were enemies might have life.

Thank You that You open our eyes to the truths in Your word. Please write Your word on our hearts each day.

Amen.