Epistles of Thomas

October 14, 2008

John 19-21

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John includes quite a bit of information about Jesus’ meeting with Pilate as the ruler attempted to figure out what to do about the Jewish accusations. 19:7 says, “The Jews insisted, ‘We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.’” I’m not sure which law they are referring to but it must be because they consider it blasphemy. Pilate became even more afraid (why?) and again approached Jesus for information. After Jesus was crucified and pronounced dead John reassures us that this is a factual account: “The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe” (19:35; cf. 21:24).

If you went to Jesus’ “empty” tomb “and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. “ and they asked you, “Woman, why are you crying?” What would your response be? I don’t think I would say that they have taken my Lord and I am wondering where the body is. Perhaps she didn’t realise until later that they were angels, although she seems more comfortable speaking to the “gardener.”

John 20:28 is an important verse recognising Jesus’ divinity: “Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” Perhaps Thomas should be known as Believing Thomas rather than Doubting Thomas because he understood the implications of Jesus rising from the dead. His resurrection meant that he is God, something that the other disciples do not seem to have picked up on. Following this exchange John gives the reason for writing his gospel: “these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (v31). Amen.

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