Devotional Scripture: John 20:1-10
"Then the disciples went back to their homes." - John 20:10
Wait just a minute!
Are you kidding me? Are you KIDDING me?
Is this the sort of thing that happened all the time in that part of 1st Century Israel?
Why this "matter-of-fact" response to the resurrection of Jesus?
They went back to their homes? They went back home???
To better understand . . . we have to carefully re-read verse 9, which in some Bible texts appears in parentheses, what we call a "parenthetical insertion" by some editor who knows we might need some help as we read this . . .
"(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)"
Ohhhhhhhhhh . . . OK.
I think I do come away understanding one thing from all this . . . the disciples never expected the resurrection of Jesus.
Re-read the verses
They went into the tomb . . . they saw the linen clothes that had wrapped his body.
They saw the place where he had been laid.
And then they went home.
They never expected the resurrection.
I can't blame them either. I have maintained my own belief that most of the disciples were teens or young adults . . . and in that day and time they would have already come to know one of the most concrete lessons in life:
Death is death.
End of story.
School with the Rabbi is finished.
There was really only one response to it all . . .
I have one question, knowing what I know, that I would love to go back in time to ask the disciples:
"What were you thinking?"
In fact . . . that's a tremendously important question!!! You see, we know the end of the story. Those disciples didn't . . . but they would in just a short time.
Their world view (how they see things in black and white) is getting ready to be thrown for a 180.
As you make final work on clearing away and straighting your path to Easter . . . what are YOU thinking?
Do YOU know and believe the end-of-the-story?
Is it over for you? Are you going home?
Or are you going to walk the final few steps to Easter?
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>
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