1Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus'1 head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
Each of the Gospel writers considers the final steps of Christ to the cross, highlighting particular details according to their specific purpose. John is concerned with establishing the supremacy and victory of the Lord Jesus over the degradation and humiliation to which He is subjected.
It is apparent from John’s account that Pilate was seeking to evade the necessity of making a decision about Jesus. In that respect he’s probably like many of us. We really don’t want to have to face this issue. Pilate, though, was unable to adopt a posture of neutrality... and so are we. We may think to examine Christ intellectually, but He comes to examine us morally and spiritually.
In Journey to the Cross Alistair Begg explores afresh the work of Christ on our behalf.
"You’re either for Christ or you are opposed to Christ. You are either putting your faith and trust in what Jesus said and did or you’re putting your faith and trust in what you have said and in what you believe. I commend to you today a resurrected Christ. I commend to you His amazing love, the wonder of His sacrifice, in order that we who are dead in our sins may be made alive forever and ever." - Alistair Begg
|The Arrest||John 18:1|
|The Interrogation||John 18:28|
|Pilate's Dilemma||John 19:1|
|From Fear to Faith||John 20:1-9|