The Big Read – Daily Read
v1-10: Providing clear evidence for the resurrection of Jesus was a key concern of the apostles, and John records here the first proof for this: the tomb was found to be empty. The reason why substantial proof that Christ had been raised from the dead was needed was because this is “the last and most powerful proof that he was the Messiah,” and his death was “accepted as a satisfactory offering” to redeem us. “If he gave his life as a ransom and did not take it back” or “if he was imprisoned for our debt and remained in prison,” we would remain in our sin and under God’s wrath.
v11-18: Christ makes Himself known to His people by His Word. His sheep know His voice. “The word of Christ does us good when we put our names into the commands and promises” so that through them, “Christ is calling me and is speaking to me.”
v19-25: On the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day, the disciples had gathered together, when Christ came to them. Even in this private meeting, the doors could not shut out Christ’s presence from them because when two or three gather together in His name, He will be with them. Thomas, however, was missing. “Perhaps it was Thomas’s misfortune that he was absent: either he was not well or did not know they were meeting. Or perhaps it was his sin and foolishness: either he was distracted by business or company that he preferred to this opportunity.” Don’t be careless about attending the meetings of the church, because you don’t know what you might miss happening.
v26-31: John wanted those who read his Gospel to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, so that they might have spiritual life (fellowship with God) and eternal life (enjoyment of him in heaven). Spiritual life and eternal life “are absolutely certain for all true believers.” To believe that Jesus is the Christ is to believe that God has anointed him “to be a ruler and a Saviour.” To believe that Jesus is the Son of God is to believe that He is “a divine person, endowed with the power of Gd and entitled to the glory of God,” otherwise He would not be qualified to “fulfil the Redeemer’s work or to wear the Redeemer’s crown.”
v1-14: It is good when those who follow Jesus spend time together outside the Sunday gathering in ordinary conversation and ordinary business. These are opportunities to build one another up by both words and example. Thomas appear to be “more conscientious in being present at the meetings of the apostles.” We can learn from this that “it is good if losses we suffer through neglect make us more careful later not to let opportunities slip by.”
v15-19: Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. Jesus loves His people so much that “he will not trust [them] to any except those who love him and who will therefore love all who are his for his sake.” A key question to ask of your pastor is, “Do they love Christ?” If they do not love their Master, they will never truly love people and care for them as they should; they will never love their work; and they will not “cheerfully go through all the difficulties and discouragements they have to face in their work.”
v20-25: There were many other things that Christ said and did that have not been written down “because there was no need for them to be written.” What has been written “is both a sufficient revelation of the message of Christ and the proof of that message.” Even if it was possible to write everything down, it would then be too much and all our time would be “spent in reading, and other duties would have been crowded out.” We should be thankful for what has been written and be diligent in our “use of what God has thought fit to reveal,” since it can make us wise for salvation.
Quotes from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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