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Bible Text: John 20:9-18 | Preacher: Pastor Joe Ricchuiti | Series: John, Risen? Risen…Risen!
Recap of 4/14/13 (John 20:9-18):
1. “John closes his profound gospel with a particularly detailed account of the post-Resurrection appearances of the Lord. The Resurrection is the ultimate sign that points to Jesus as the Son of God.” (Wilkerson)
2. John authenticates the resurrection and by it the deity of Jesus Christ, by:
-the empty tomb (20:1,2)
-the position and order of the grave clothes (20:3-8)
-the repeated surprise of the disciples over the resurrection (it was not something they were expecting)
-the appearances of Jesus after the crucifixion to Mary (20:10-18), to the Disciples without Thomas (20:19-25), to the Disciples with Thomas present (20:26-29), to some Disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (21)
-the change in the disposition of Mary (20:10-18) and the Disciples (20:19-28) from fear, gloom, and sorrow to rejoicing
3. Mary’s devotion, her heart is wrapped up in the Savior, she wouldn’t be distracted from the desire to be with Him. She is a model to believers today who are distracted too many times from devotion to Jesus by career, material things, life’s circumstances, even family and friends.
4. “How did [Mary] respond [to Jesus freeing here from 7 demons]? By becoming a devoted follower of Christ who not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. She put her money where her mouth was in support of the ministry of Christ and His disciples. Her life, values, priorities—all had been changed, radically transformed by the grace of Jesus Christ!” (Bill Crowder, The Path of His Passion)