Putting God's Word into Practice…

John 20-Looking for Jesus

on June 17, 2012

I love this chapter because it teaches us that those looking for Jesus will find Him and will experience the peace He brings into life.

  1. SEE. Peter and John raced to see the empty tomb for themselves.  Peter went all in, while John hesitated at the doorway.  Yet both believed upon seeing the folded grave clothes.
  2. HEAR. Mary Magdalene wept outside the tomb over its empty state.  Jesus revealed Himself to her by calling her name.
  3. SEE. The other disciples needed Jesus to show up in the midst of their locked room and see the scars on His hands and side.
  4. TOUCH.  Jesus made Thomas wait eight more days to reveal Himself and allowed Thomas to put his fingers on His wounds.
  5. EXPERIENCE. We cannot see Jesus or touch His wounds or hear His voice in person.  We believe by faith!

God knows if we are truly seeking Jesus exactly what we need to believe.  For me it was by reading a fiction book that made me think about eternity.  I realized that I knew about God, but I didn’t really know God for myself.  I knew I was a sinner and that Jesus was the answer, but I had never made Him my Lord.  Once He revealed to me that I didn’t have a relationship with Him and hadn’t been reconciled to Him, I could only cry out like Thomas, “My Lord and my God!”

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved!”

Acts 16:31 says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.”

If you hear God calling you today, confess and believe!  Three times in John 20 when Jesus showed up, He said, “Peace be with you.”  Only when we believe will we experience His peace and have peace with God.

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