Heavenly Father, Abba, it has been your plan from the very foundation of the world to reconcile mankind to You through the atoning work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May we never forget the depth and significance of His sacrifice. As we look at seven questions of the resurrected Christ, we pray that You have prepared us ahead of time, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to receive Your Word. May we meditate upon it and have it transform our lives for Your honor and glory. We pray this in the precious and holy name of Jesus. Amen.
Seven Questions of the Resurrected Christ
1. “Why Are You Weeping?”
John 20:15a (NASB)
15 Jesus said* to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? …
- Jesus asked Mary, “Why are you weeping?”
- She was weeping in her ignorance of the resurrection of Jesus.
- Jesus had already risen from the dead.
- There was no reason for her to weep. Instead, she should have been rejoicing.
- Sometimes we forget the promises of God and the power of God and we drown ourselves in sorrow.
- Jesus is asking us why are we weeping when He is alive to help us and deliver us.
2. “Whom Are You Seeking?”
John 20:15b (NASB)
15 … 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.”
- Jesus asked Mary, “Whom are you seeking?”
- She was seeking a dead Jesus in the tomb.
- Jesus had already risen from the grave.
- The God we seek is not a dead, powerless, or helpless God.
- We serve a living, almighty God Who will never leave us nor forsake us.
3. “What Are You Talking About?”
Luke 24:17 (NASB)
17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad.
- Jesus asked the disciples on the way to Emmaus what they were talking about that was making them so sad.
- These disciples were confused about the whole situation after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
- They were ignorant of His resurrection and were still in deep sorrow, pain, and disappointment.
- Their whole conversation was depressing and confusing.
- Jesus wanted to help them out of this depressing conversation.
- Sometimes we talk endlessly about our trials and those things, which we do not understand.
- This only makes us sad.
- Let Jesus reveal the truth to us, which will make us glad.
4. “Are Not These Things Foretold In the Scriptures?”
Luke 24:25-27 (NASB)
25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
- Jesus asked the disciples were not these things already foretold by the prophets.
- They were foolish and slow of heart to believe what was already foretold.
- Many times we are confused and perplexed because we do not search the scriptures diligently.
- The answers, explanations, warnings, and predictions are already revealed in the Word of God.
- We suffer needless fears and worries because we fail to read, understand, and believe the scriptures.
5. “Children, Do You Have Any Meat?”
John 21:2-6 (NASB)
2 Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said* to them, “I am going fishing.” They said* to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 So Jesus said* to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” 6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.“ So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.
- Jesus asked the disciples on the sea did they have any meat?
- The disciples had gone back to fishing and had failed miserably to catch any fish.
- Jesus met the disobedient disciples and lovingly enquired about their welfare and, in fact, did a miracle for them.
- He did not condem them in anger for having gone back to fishing.
- He lovingly restored them to Himself and helped them in their difficulty.
- The Lord wants to restore those who have gone away from Him and help them in their difficulties.
6. Do You Love Me?
John 21:15-17 (NASB)
15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said* to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said* to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said* to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He said* to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said* to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said* to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He said* to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said* to him, “Tend My sheep.
- Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Do you love Me?”
- Three times this question was asked Peter, who had denied Jesus three times.
- When Peter replied that he loved Jesus, he was given a responsibility to serve the Lord.
- The Lord wants us to love Him first, and as a result of that love, He wants us to serve Him.
7. “If He Stays Alive Until I Come, What Does It Matter To You?”
John 21:20-22 (NASB)
20 Peter, turning around, saw* the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 So Peter seeing him said* to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” 22 Jesus said* to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!”
- Jesus asked Peter not to worry about His plans for John.
- Jesus revealed to Peter his future and how he would die; but, Peter was curious about what would happen to John.
- Jesus replied that Peter need not worry about God’s plan for John.
- He wanted Peter to follow Him.
- Jesus does not want us to waste our time and energy in trying to understand His plan for others.
- He wants us to concentrate on following Him and fulfilling His plan for our lives.
- Why are you weeping? Jesus is alive to help us and deliver us.
- Whom are you seeking? The God we seek is not a dead, powerless, and helpless God, He is a living, almighty God who will never leave us nor forsake us.
- What are you talking about? Sometimes we talk endlessly about our trials and those things which we do not understand, this only makes us sad. Let Jesus reveal the truth to us which will make us glad.
- Are not these things foretold in Scripture? The answers, explanations, warnings, and predictions are already revealed in the Word of God. We suffer needless fears and worries because we fail to read, understand, and believe the Scriptures.
- Children, do you have any meat? The Lord wants to restore those who have gone away from Him and help them in their difficulties.
- Do you love Me? The Lord wants us to love Him first and as a result of that love He wants us to serve Him.
- If he stays alive until I come, what does it matter to you? Jesus does not want us to waste our time and energy in trying to understand His plan for others. He wants us to concentrate on following Him and fulfilling His plan for our lives.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Lord, when we suffer from sadness, worry, confusion, and other disenchantments, please help us with our unbelief and lack of faith. Encourage us through the Holy Spirit and Your Word. Remind us You are living and all powerful and that if we will only remember to come to You, seeking your strength, peace, and love, that we can overcome all obstacles to serving You in peace and love. Please lead, guide, and direct us in Your wisdom and righteousness. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Is the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart? Is He convicting you of the need to make changes in your life and/or calling you to take action? The Bible says:
James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
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John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
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1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Acts 3:19 (NASB)
19 "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
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Malachi 3:10 (NASB)
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James 5:16 (NASB)
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
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