Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 230/260: Read John 20

People react to bad news in different ways. Mary Magdalene rushed to tell two of the Lord’s disciples that His body was missing from the tomb. Upon hearing that, Peter and John “ran together” to the tomb to verify her words. “So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.” When they saw that His body was gone, they believed Mary and returned to their homes.

Mary stayed at the tomb, and was weeping. Distraught over the situation, she demanded answers. Two angels sat inside the tomb and asked her the reason for her tears. “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Then Jesus Himself appears behind her and asks the same question. Not recognizing Him, she accuses Him of moving the body. He spoke her name, “Mary,” and she realized it was Him. Then she sought out the disciples and told them what had happened.

They didn’t rush back to the tomb this time. Rather, they stayed indoors, fearing the Jews. Jesus appeared in their midst and said, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” After everything they witnessed, all the bad news they had experienced over the past few days, “they glad when they saw the Lord.”

Do we react the same way when our bad situations turn around? Are we glad to see the Lord working in our lives to turn things around, to accomplish His will through us?

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

John 17:17. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Pray

Pray that you might be the instrument through whom the Lord works to accomplish His will.

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