“So the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, went in too; and he saw [the wrappings and the face-cloth] and believed [without any doubt that Jesus had risen from the dead].”
John 20:8 AMP
Every Word in the Bible is accurate truth.
So, for John to write anything less than that, would have not made into our hands today.
Although some of John’s writings may come off arrogant, like his details of who ran fastest to the tomb,
Or in this case, the fact that he believed when others did not,
they were simply accurate accounts.
How hard is it for us, at times being falsely humble,
to just say what the truth is?
My man and I were talking about this the other evening, after some kids asked to get their picture taken with him at the race track.
“Your car is our favorite.” They said.
But because we don’t want to become what we’ve seen because of arrogance, sometimes we crawfish into a false humility,
And that, is not speaking truth.
The Truth is, my man is the best race car driver out there, according to my family and those kids!
We need to agree with the truth that’s being said about us.
It’s no surprise that I had been struggling a bit the past couple of days with the same nonsense.
It seems that I just can’t do enough or get things the way I want them, but here comes that still small voice that reminds me in several ways, that I’m Loved.
And more than enough.
It didn’t matter how Dust felt about being their favorite,
He just was.
And that’s what we need to see, and account for, or agree with.
It’s not arrogance, it’s assurance.
Assurance is faith in the One who says those things of you,
not assurance of how you see you.
I see John writing as the Lord replayed the event as He saw it… and the truth was, John ran faster!
He was speaking of the truth of events here, and prophetically.
John did outrun all the disciples as far as ministry was concerned-
All because He believed what Jesus spoke about him and boldly proclaimed those things.
If we really believed that it as all from Him, then we would never shy from revealing His Glory.
So, here goes.
Yesterday, things didn’t turn out like I had planned.
Our church was having friends and family day.
I was making pasta salad.
And had already bought the cupcakes.
But then my little buddy, Issac, was battling some symptoms so we decided to keep him home and I would listen to the message from the kitchen while I made my dish to drop off.
Pastor gets up and declares that He too, struggled with the plans of the morning, and complained to the Lord that “this was for the kids.”
So, basically, “why all the detours, God?”
If I’m trying to do this for the kids!
That’s just my interpretation.
Because it takes one to know one!
Then God said, well, this is actually about Me today.
Yes. It was dedication Sunday, and it was about kids, but where should our Focus be?
So, Pastor proceeds to talk about training up a child in the way they should go.
All the time I’m chopping veggies and running late.
I made the drop and hustled back home to find my Son and My Man on the phone.
Dust said, as he motioned me through the door.
Issac had taken down the number to the prayer line for KCM Ministries while his dad was in the garden and I had ran to church.
His six year old self, came out to tell his daddy they needed to call for prayer and get rid of the sinus junk he had been dealing with.
My heart melted.
While I was worried about hearing the sermon and what others would think of my not being there,
My Son was living the message at home.
Just saying what God said happened yesterday!
And then, I’m sharing the whole Chapter of John 20, because that was the Father’s lullaby to me last night,
I opened to it with countless other brothers and sisters who have the Bible App this morning.
Don’t just read it.
Which one of these disciples do you relate to?
Are you John, the assured?
Mary, the desperate Seeker?
Thomas, the doubter?
Regardless, Jesus met them all.
He even broke down, spiritually speaking, the walls, and spoke Peace to them all.
Find yourself today.
In His Presence and in what He is saying about you.
“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw the stone [already] removed from the [groove across the entrance of the] tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple (John), whom Jesus loved (esteemed), and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him!” So Peter and the other disciple left, and they were going to the tomb. And the two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and arrived at the tomb first. Stooping down and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings [neatly] lying there; but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came up, following him, and went into the tomb and saw the linen wrappings [neatly] lying there; and the [burial] face-cloth which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the [other] linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. So the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, went in too; and he saw [the wrappings and the face-cloth] and believed [without any doubt that Jesus had risen from the dead]. For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back again to their own homes. But Mary [who had returned] was standing outside the tomb sobbing; and so, as she wept, she stooped down and looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you crying?” She told them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” After saying this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? For whom are you looking?” Supposing that He was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you are the one who has carried Him away from here, tell me where you have put Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “ Do not hold Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene came, reporting to the disciples that she had seen the Lord and that He had said these things to her. So when it was evening on that same day, the first day of the week, though the disciples were [meeting] behind barred doors for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “ Peace to you.” After He said this, He showed them His hands and His side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with great joy. Then Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you [as My representatives].” And when He said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven [because of their faith]; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained [and remain unforgiven because of their unbelief].” But Thomas, one of the twelve [disciples], who was called Didymus (the twin), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the marks of the nails, and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe.” Eight days later His disciples were again inside the house, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, though the doors had been barred, and stood among them and said, “Peace to you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and put out your hand and place it in My side. Do not be unbelieving, but [stop doubting and] believe.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [in Me].” There are also many other signs (attesting miracles) that Jesus performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe [with a deep, abiding trust] that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the Son of God; and that by believing [and trusting in and relying on Him] you may have life in His name.”
John 20:1-31 AMP