As yet they did not understand the scripture...

Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. -John 20:3-10 NRSV

Two days have past since they laid Jesus in the tomb. Mary Magdalene has come from his grave and found it empty. The disciples cannot believe her. Peter and John race to verify her story. The drama is unfolding. The grave clothes have been removed. Jesus has come back from the dead. Yet these two cannot imagine what has already happened.

If not for the witness of people like Mary, I too would not understand the scripture. I was a bitter man in 1975 when my wife Ellen had an amazing experience of healing and salvation. Her healing from blindness was unbelievable and I rejected the idea that God had healed her. Yet on a beautiful day in April 1976 my eyes were opened and I understood.

Lord, please open the eyes and hearts of hurting people, that they might understand that Jesus has risen from the dead.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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