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Call in at: (619) 996-1655
20Â Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2Â So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, â€œThey have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we donâ€™t know where they have put him!â€
3Â So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Â Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5Â He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6Â Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7Â as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesusâ€™ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8Â Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9Â (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10Â Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
11Â Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12Â and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesusâ€™ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13Â They asked her, â€œWoman, why are you crying?â€
â€œThey have taken my Lord away,â€ she said, â€œand I donâ€™t know where they have put him.â€ 14Â At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15Â He asked her, â€œWoman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?â€
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, â€œSir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.â€
16Â Jesus said to her, â€œMary.â€
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, â€œRabboni!â€ (which means â€œTeacherâ€).
17Â Jesus said, â€œDo not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, â€˜I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.â€™â€
18Â Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: â€œI have seen the Lord!â€ And she told them that he had said these things to her.
19Â On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said,â€œPeace be with you!â€ 20Â After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21Â Again Jesus said, â€œPeace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.â€ 22Â And with that he breathed on them and said, â€œReceive the Holy Spirit. 23Â If you forgive anyoneâ€™s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.â€
24Â Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25Â So the other disciples told him, â€œWe have seen the Lord!â€
But he said to them, â€œUnless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.â€
26Â A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, â€œPeace be with you!â€ 27Â Then he said to Thomas, â€œPut your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.â€
28Â Thomas said to him, â€œMy Lord and my God!â€
29Â Then Jesus told him, â€œBecause you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.â€
30Â Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31Â But 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.
“We love him because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19
There is no light in the planet but that which proceedeth from the sun; and there is no true love to Jesus in the heart but that which cometh from the Lord Jesus himself. From this overflowing fountain of the infinite love of God, all our love to God must spring. This must ever be a great and certain truth, that we love him for no other reason than because he first loved us. Our love to him is the fair offspring of his love to us. Cold admiration, when studying the works of God, anyone may have, but the warmth of love can only be kindled in the heart by God’s Spirit. How great the wonder that such as we should ever have been brought to love Jesus at all! How marvellous that when we had rebelled against him, he should, by a display of such amazing love, seek to draw us back. No! never should we have had a grain of love towards God unless it had been sown in us by the sweet seed of his love to us. Love, then, has for its parent the love of God shed abroad in the heart: but after it is thus divinely born, it must be divinely nourished. Love is an exotic; it is not a plant which will flourish naturally in human soil, it must be watered from above. Love to Jesus is a flower of a delicate nature, and if it received no nourishment but that which could be drawn from the rock of our hearts it would soon wither. As love comes from heaven, so it must feed on heavenly bread. It cannot exist in the wilderness unless it be fed by manna from on high. Love must feed on love. The very soul and life of our love to God is his love to us.
“I love thee, Lord, but with no love of mine,
For I have none to give;
I love thee, Lord; but all the love is thine,
For by thy love I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be
Emptied, and lost, and swallowed up in thee.”
Our Redeemer’s glorious cry of “It is finished,” was the death-knell of all the adversaries of his people, the breaking of “the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle.” Behold the hero of Golgotha using his cross as an anvil, and his woes as a hammer, dashing to shivers bundle after bundle of our sins, those poisoned “arrows of the bow;” trampling on every indictment, and destroying every accusation. What glorious blows the mighty Breaker gives with a hammer far more ponderous than the fabled weapon of Thor! How the diabolical darts fly to fragments, and the infernal bucklers are broken like potters’ vessels! Behold, he draws from its sheath of hellish workmanship the dread sword of Satanic power! He snaps it across his knee, as a man breaks the dry wood of a fagot, and casts it into the fire. Beloved, no sin of a believer can now be an arrow mortally to wound him, no condemnation can now be a sword to kill him, for the punishment of our sin was borne by Christ, a full atonement was made for all our iniquities by our blessed Substitute and Surety. Who now accuseth? Who now condemneth? Christ hath died, yea rather, hath risen again. Jesus has emptied the quivers of hell, has quenched every fiery dart, and broken off the head of every arrow of wrath; the ground is strewn with the splinters and relics of the weapons of hell’s warfare, which are only visible to us to remind us of our former danger, and of our great deliverance. Sin hath no more dominion over us. Jesus has made an end of it, and put it away forever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end. Talk ye of all the wondrous works of the Lord, ye who make mention of his name, keep not silence, neither by day, nor when the sun goeth to his rest. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
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