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Summary: Three people are mentioned by name (besides Jesus) in John’s resurrection chapter. What do these three people have to say to us?

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CONTEXT:

- John is the greatest gospel theologically.

- The resurrection story is the most important chapter.

- There are only three people mentioned by name in this chapter (besides Jesus) (note: “the other disciple whom Jesus loved” is an obvious reference to John, but he is not mentioned by name).

KEY IDEA:

What is the importance of these three people in this greatest chapter of the greatest gospel? What is the message of these three people?

THREE PEOPLE/THREE QUESTIONS:

QUESTION #1: What would Jesus say to the person desperately seeking a way to deal with their mess of a life?

PERSON #1: Mary Magdalene.

- Luke 8:2 notes that she had seven demons cast out of her.

- John 20:1-2, 11-18; Luke 8:2; John 19:25.

HONOR GIVEN HER: First to see Jesus resurrected.

- v. 16.

QUESTION #2: What would Jesus say to the person who was

once close to Jesus but walked away?

PERSON #2: Peter.

- walked away: Matthew 26:13-35, 69-75.

- John 20:2-10; 21:15-19; Acts 2:14-39; Matthew 26:13-35, 69-75.

HONOR GIVEN HIM: First to preach the Good News.

- Acts 2:14-39.

QUESTION #3: What would Jesus say to the person who

believes faith in Jesus requires turning off their brain?

PERSON #3: Thomas.

- John 20:24-29.

HONOR GIVEN HIM: First to have the insight to call Jesus “God.”

- John 20:28.

CONCLUSION:

- In each case, God chose to use someone far short of perfect in this most important of all moments.


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