Friday, March 25, 2016

The Stories of Easter - From John

Below are the notes from the first session of a Lenten study entitled "The Stories of Easter." This 3-session series considers resurrection accounts as written in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John. This week we discussed John 20:1-18.  You may listen to a podcast of this session on the Cove Presbyterian PodBean page. 

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Characteristics of the Gospel of John
  • The author of John is unknown.
  • John follows this pattern: the word came down and became flesh in Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ revealed the word to humanity, the word returns by way of the cross.
  • John has a vertical view of time, as it relates to a relationship with God. John emphasizes the Christian life now. 
  • John seems to be drawing from his own sources.
  • John uses irony more than the other gospels. Often, he follows this pattern: Jesus make a statement, people misunderstand, Jesus explains.
  • There are fewer miracles and parables in John than in the other three gospels.
  • Jesus is in control, and he knows everything, including his own identity.
John 20:1-18

And on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalane came early in the morning, while it was still dark, to the tomb, and she saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Now she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and she said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve laid him.” Now Peter and the other disciple went out and went to the tomb. And the two of them ran together and the other disciple ran ahead , overtaking Peter, and he came first to the tomb. And when he stooped and peered in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Now Simon Peter also came following him, and he went into the tomb, and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the sudarium, which was on his head, was not lying with the linen wrappings but had been rolled up in a place by itself. Now then the other disciple, the one who was first to the tomb, went in and he saw and he believed. For they did not yet know the scripture that he must rise from death. Now the disciples went back to themselves.

And Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping. Now as she weeping, she stooped and peered into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus was laid. And they said this to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They’ve take my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” After she’d said these things, she turned around, and she saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you seeking?” Because she thought he was a gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, then tell me where you laid him, and I myself will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” And after she’d turned around, she said to him in Hebrew, “Rabboni” (which means “teacher”). Jesus said to her, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. And go to my brothers [and sisters] and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father and my God and your God.” Mary Magadalane went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord, and this he said to me.”

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