John 20:11-31 – Acceptance | Assurance | Peace (Easter 2021)
Brian Sullivan   -  

Passage: John 20:11-31

Sections, Scripture Passages, Quotes:

Come and See: How the Resurrection brings Acceptance, Peace and Assurance

“There was nothing left except a recurring sense of utter helplessness and the shame of their denials and desertions.” The disciples did not know they were soon going to experience a greater joy than they had ever known. John 20 is the story of that joy. In this passage Christ brings the truth of the resurrection with its accompanying joys to his followers, including us. Their experience is our experience.”  – Kent Hughes

20:10-18 – The Resurrection brings ACCEPTANCE (by removing shame) 

Shame – The deeply painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and somehow unworthy of connection, love and belonging. – Brene Brown

Usually that we’re running away from something — father wounds, childhood trauma, last names, deep insecurity or deficits of self-worth, fear of failure, pathological inability to accept the limitations of our humanity, or simply boredom with the mundanity of middle life. Or we’re running to something — promotions or purchases or experiences or stamps on our passports or the next high — searching in vain for something no earthly experience has to offer: a sense of self-worth and love and acceptance. -John Mark Comer

“Mary” — “anguish and despair are swallowed up with astonishment & delight” – D.A. Carson

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecto of our faith, who for the joy that set before him endured the cross, despising the shame & is seated at the right hand of God. – Hebrews 12:2

19-22: The Resurrection Brings Peace (removes fear)

this wind is the “healing breath of God’s spirit, come to undo the long effects of primal rebellion.” NT Wright

24-29: The Resurrection brings assurance (removes doubt)

While Jesus says we need not have the same eyewitness experience as Thomas in order to believe, we need to make the same discovery that Thomas made. We need to see Jesus patiently at work in our lives to bring us to himself. – Tim Keller