John 20: He is Risen!

He is risen; He is risen, indeed!

Many Easter services start with a greeting that sounds a lot like this. This greeting has been used throughout Church history and has become a traditional greeting Christians say to each other around Easter. I hope that this greeting is more than just a tradition to you. I hope that every time you speak this, you are giving testimony to your belief in the reality that Jesus Christ is alive today, just like he was 2,000 years ago.

Three times in John 20 Jesus’ followers testify about His resurrection:

  • Mary Magdalene: “I have seen the Lord” – (John 20:18)
  • Ten of the twelve disciples: “We have seen the Lord” – (John 20:25)
  • Thomas: “My Lord and my God”— (John 20:28)

They saw the living and resurrected Christ, the Savior of the world! This experience (and receiving the Holy Spirit soon after) spurred them on to testify throughout the whole world that Jesus was the Messiah, the God/Man who has conquered sin and death!

Even in this moment of incredible evidence for Christ; there was still doubt. Honestly, this is comforting to me, because sometimes I doubt even there is no "good reason" to be doubting.

We see in John 20 that Thomas doubted and demanded proof before he would believe in Jesus. It didn't matter that Mary Magdalene and the other disciples told him they had seen Jesus. He wanted to see Jesus’ hands and feel Jesus’ wounds before he would believe. After Jesus appeared to Thomas, he responds with belief. Jesus’ words to Thomas in John 20 always provide me with great comfort, and I hope they do for you today as well.

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
— John 20:29

Jesus speaks a blessing in John 20 that is true for us today. We who have believed based on testimony and witness, we are blessed! We have not seen Jesus in the same way the first-century believers did; and yet we still have the opportunity to believe and to be a part of God’s eternal kingdom. Hallelujah!

Church history tells us that Thomas traveled as far as India proclaiming the Good News about Jesus. The other disciples traveled the world and proclaimed the Good News about Jesus everywhere they went. God led them to overcome their doubts and they believed. 

Who can you proclaim the Good News about Jesus to this week?

He is Risen; He is Risen, Indeed!