John chapter 19, Christ is scourged, crowned with thorns, and beaten. Pilate is desirous to release him, but being overcome with the outrage of the Jews, he delivers him to be crucified. They cast lots for his garments. He commends his mother to John. He dies. His side is pierced. He is buried by Joseph and Nicodemus.
John chapter 20, Mary comes to the sepulchre; so do Peter and John, ignorant of the resurrection. Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, and to his disciples. The incredulity and confession of Thomas. The Scripture is sufficient to salvation.
John chapter 21, Christ appearing again to his disciples is known of them by the great draught of fishes. He dines with them; earnestly commands Peter to feed his lambs and sheep; foretells him of his death; rebukes his curiosity touching John. The conclusion.
Insights and Prayers
- The world has its fake worship of Christ when there’s prayer by a public official or some other “empty” recognition of Christ. It could be a testimony or Christian symbolism by athletes. No matter the motivation, it’s just as vain as the crown of thorns put on Christ. It’s nothing but sarcastic mockery of Christ.
- Lord, keep me from praying when I do it for public show, or for any other motivation that’s not from the heart. Remind me that prayer is real communication with You. Amen.
- Lord Jesus, You thirsted in death for me. Forgive me when I don’t thirst to know You and love You for giving Yourself for me. Forgive me for thirsting for the world’s entertainment or for selfish recognition. Make me thirsty for You. Amen.
- Lord, I believe You arose physically from the dead; the empty tomb proves that You arose from the dead. Amen.
- Mary loved Jesus so much that she wept when seeking His body. Don’t outward tears reflect our inner emotions and don’t tears reflect our sincerity? When was the last time you cried when praying?
- Lord, forgive my hard heart. Touch my heart and make me weep in love for You and others. Amen.
- There’s a time to weep when we are brokenhearted, and there’s a time to laugh when we’re happy (Eccl. 3:4). When Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room, they were “overjoyed” (John 20:20, Phillips). That means they “laughed and were happy.” It’s alright to show abundant joy in prayer.
- Lord, I remember the times I was overjoyed in prayer. Thank You for laughter and happiness. Amen.
- Lord, I’ll not demand physical assurances to believe; I know You are the crucified Son of God who died for me. Amen.
- I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and so I have eternal life. Amen.
- The idea of night suggests darkness, loneliness, and despair; but then comes the morning of optimism and the prospect of a new day and new opportunities. The disciples fished all night and “caught nothing,” then came morning when Jesus appeared to them. If we will meet Jesus every new morning with prayer, even when we “know not that it was Jesus” (John 21:4), then He will appear to us.
- Lord, I still get discouraged when the “night” of darkness closes in, so come to me each new morning. Meet me as I come to You in prayer. Prepare me for the morning and new opportunities. Amen.
- What’s in the heart must have an outward expression. Don’t we express our love to another with hugs, kisses, gifts, and physical expressions? So, we should tell the Lord we love Him, just as Peter had to answer the question, “Do You love Me?” (John 21:15).
- Lord, I love You; forgive me for the times I’ve been cold and indifferent. I love You from the bottom of my heart. Amen.
- Lord, I really love You with all my heart. Give me courage to tell everyone of my devotion to You. Amen.
- Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
- Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible