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Seeing Your Life through the Lens of the Gospels - John 20:1-9

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John 20:1-9

1. The disciples are in a state of shock and suffering from a traumatic loss. Jesus, the one in whom they had placed so much hope, has been murdered and buried. Then, before they have time to recover comes another shock - the body of Jesus is missing. In the past year we have had shock after shock during the coronavirus crisis. What was that like for you? How did you cope? What, or who, sustained you then?

2. Mary and Peter, and possibly others, came and discovered that the tomb was empty. The part of the story we have in this text gives no explanations of what had happened. They are left in a state of bewilderment "for as yet they did not understand the scriptures that he must rise from the dead." Have you been in that in that kind of a situation, faced with events you cannot explain, possibly events which have dashed your hopes in another person, or I God? What has that been like for you?

3. Yet in spite of the lack of explanation, the beloved disciple "saw and believed". Have there been times when others have done something that you could not understand, and which they could not explain at the time and yet you believed that all was not as it seemed? Times when you decided to trust in spite of the evidence? Have there been times when others have shown this kind of faith in you when you were not able to offer satisfactory explanations, and all you could say was "trust in me"? Have there been times in your relationship with God when you have felt that you were faced with an empty tomb and still you believed? Where have you found life in such experiences?

Published Fri 2nd Apr 2021 13:08:12
Last Modified on Fri 2nd Apr 2021 13:09:57

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