John 20:1-23_I Am Sending You
Brian Sullivan   -  

Passage: John 20:1-23

Sections, Scripture Passages, Quotes

v/1-10: The Chaos — DARKNESS 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep…And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. …And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. – Genesis 1:1-3, 5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5

“Jesus had gone on through death and out into a new world, a new creation, a new life beyond, where death itself had been defeated and life, sheer life, life in all its fullness, could begin at last” – NT Wright

v/11-18: The New Creation — LIFE 

“Mary’s intuitive guess, that he must be the gardener, was wrong at one level and right, deeply right, at another. This is the new creation. Jesus is the beginning of it. Remember Pilate: ‘Here the man!’ Here he is: the new Adam, the gardener, charged with bringing the chaos of God’s creation into new order, into flower, into fruitfulness. He has come to uproot the thorns and thistles and replace them with blossoms and harvests.” – NT Wright

v/19-23: Our Commission — SENT

Jesus Gave:
i.Assurance of Peace —Peace be with you

ii.Model of Mission – as father has sent me, I am sending you

“It was total identification, through without any loss of identity, for in become one of us, he did not cease to be himself. And now he sends us into the world as the Father had sent him. All authentic mission is incarnational mission. That is, it entails entering other people’s worlds.” – John Stott

iii. Promise of the Holy Spirit – breathed on them & said, Receive the Holy Spirit

iv. A Gospel of Salvation – if you forgive sins, they are forgiven

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Colossians 1:13-14