HE IS RISEN INDEED!
This is a week to reflect on the amazing evidence of our faith. We’ll consider 4 post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. The first is to Mary Magdalene — one of my favorite Keller sermons. Did you know all the sermons at gospelinlife.com are free now? Hallelujah. Here is the link to “Mary!”
GOD HUNT SUNDAY
1. How did God meet you this last Holy Week?
2. We’d love to hear about your Resurrection Sunday — any praise you’d like to share.
3. What stands out to you from the Keller sermon on Mary?
4. Recently I had lunch with a new pickleball friend and she asked me, “How can we know the Bible isn’t “fake news?” A legitimate question! How would you have answered that?
5. It is one week after the first Easter Sunday when Jesus appeared to the disciples. But Thomas wasn’t there. Read John 20:24-31
A. How did Thomas respond to the disciples’ report? (verse 25) Why, do you think?
B. 7 days have passed. The doors are locked. Thomas is there. What happened?
C. How do you see kindness in Jesus toward his doubter?
D. Do you think Thomas actually did touch him or not? How do you see true faith?
6. What do you learn in John 20:30-31? Why so many post-resurrection appearances, do you think?
WEDNESDAY: SECRET APPEARANCE TO PETER
Between the time when Peter denied the Lord at a fire on that Good Friday, and the time when Jesus re-instated Peter at a fire on the beach in another post-resurrection appearance, there was a private meeting between Jesus and Peter. Michael Card, in his book A Fragile Stone, helped me to see it.
7. How can you see it in Luke 24:34?
8. How can you see it in 1 Corinthians 15:4-5?
9. We don’t know, but what do you imagine Jesus said to Peter in that private meeting?
I think, but I do not know, that Jesus forgave Peter at that meeting, or Peter would not have responded as he did in John 21:7: leaping out of the boat when he recognized Jesus on the shore.
10. What does it mean to you that Jesus is so tender to us when we are truly repentant?
THURSDAY: PUBLIC APPEARANCE TO PETER
11. Read John 21:1-14
A. Just as Mary Magdalene didn’t recognize the risen Lord, neither do the disciples. (verse 4) Why, do you think? (I don’t know the answer – -but am interested in yours!)
B. Why 153 fish? I think I do know this one. Keller says it was because there were 153 fish. 🙂 He said that there are irrelevant details in the Bible that do not contribute to the storyline because it is just a good factual report. Thoughts?
12. Read John 21:15-25
A. What do you think Jesus meant by his question to Peter in verse 21:15 and why? (Godly men disagree)
B. How do you see this as a full reinstatement of Peter?
C. What is Jesus telling Peter in verses 18-19?
D. What else in 20-23? Application to your life?
E. How does John close his gospel? Thoughts?