Ingleside Notes

Life in His Name

March 31, 2024 / Tim McCoy, Lead Pastor

A Chapter a Day

  • Saturday, March 30, John 20
  • Sunday, March 31, John 21
  • Monday, April 1, Acts 1
  • Tuesday, April 2, Acts 2
  • Wednesday, April 3, Acts 3
  • Thursday, April 4, Acts 4
  • Friday, April 5, Acts 5
  • Saturday, April 6, Acts 6

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Jesus Is Buried
38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. (19:38-42)

1. Like Joseph and Nicodemus, we should not be disciples; we should go with our love for and our devotion to Jesus.

The Resurrection
20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes. (20:1-10)

2. The empty tomb is evidence of Jesus’ resurrection – and the evidence is intended to lead us to .

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” 18  Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord” – and that he had said these things to her. (20:11-18)

3. Jesus appearing first to Mary Magdalene . . .

(1) Is evidence for the authenticity of the account – if the story had been invented, the first appearance would not have been to a woman;
(2) Is a reminder that Jesus calls both men and women to love him, to trust him, to follow him, and to serve him; and
Teaches us that God can save, , and use for his glory even the most among us – Mary was one of the women who had been healed by Jesus “of evil spirits and infirmities,” indeed from her “seven demons had gone out” (cf. Luke 8:1-3).

Jesus Appears to the Disciples
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (20:19-23)

4. Jesus expects us as his followers to “live ” – to go with the gospel so that others may repent, believe, and find in Jesus’ name.

Jesus and Thomas
24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (20:24-29)

5. Like Thomas, by God’s grace can become .

Reliable Resources:

  • C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952).
  • Josh McDowell, More Than a Carpenter (1977).
  • Lee Stroebel, The Case for Christ (1998).
  • Timothy Keller, The Reason for God (2008).

The Purpose of This Book
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (20:30-31)

A Prayer to Have Life in Jesus’ Name

Dear God,

I confess that I am a sinner, and I need your forgiveness. I do not want to perish, and I want to have abundant and eternal life.

I believe that Jesus is your Son, the Messiah, and I thank you for sending him to die for my sins on the cross and for raising him from the dead. I believe that he sits at your right hand now, and that one day he will come again to rule and to reign.

So, right now I turn from my sins in repentance, and I put my trust in Jesus to save me. By faith I receive him as my Savior, and I commit to following him as my Lord. Thank you for hearing my prayer, O God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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