What Jesus Did! 'From Confusion to Assurance' — John 20:3-8

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Peter and the other disciple started out for [Jesus'] tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn't go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed ...
— John 20:3-8 NLT

Key Thought

So often we need the support of a friend to do that next necessary thing. Peter and the disciple whom Jesus loved [1] (presumably John) alternate taking the next needed steps in this story. John outruns Peter but doesn't go into the tomb when he arrives there. He sees just the grave clothes. Peter arrives, goes into the tomb, and sees that Jesus' body definitely isn't there. After Peter, John also goes in and sees, then believes. We need each other. Not just for the times of mission — like when Jesus sent out his disciples in pairs [2] — but also for times of weakness, confusion, and distress. Sometimes, maybe even often times, we can't take the next step on our own. We need the help of a friend who shares our faith. [3] Don't try to do the Christian life solo. We need each other to make it through our dark nights of discouragement so we can enjoy the new dawn of faith centered on our risen and triumphant Lord. Let's help each other to live with our hope in him!

[1] John 20:2.
[2] Mark 6:7.
[3] Galatians 6:2.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, my heavenly Father, thank you for the friends I have who have faithfully encouraged me and nudged me further down the walk of faith and have often taken that next step to help me get to Jesus. Help me be that friend to others so that they, too, can encounter the risen Savior and believe. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 18:20
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  • Proverbs 27:17


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Illustration of John 20:3-8 NLT —  He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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