21 Day Challenge

21 Day Challenge Day 20

Today is the penultimate (2nd to last) day of the challenge. We are in John Chapter 20 and we are in the Revised Geneva Translation. The Geneva Translation you might remember was the Bible available in Shakespeare’s time. The RGT is so far available only in the New Testament and is the only version I have used that does not have a wikipedia page, so the information I’m getting is directly from Bible Gateway, To quote them directly …

the RGT strives to preserve the textual cadence and poetry that is so essential to Elizabethan literature, while at the same time carefully eliminating archaic and potentially distracting 16th Century words, phrases, and punctuation (such as employing the proper use of parentheses and quotation marks). It preserves the Geneva Bible’s pioneering poetic style (i.e. beginning every verse on a new line – which aids tremendously in memorization). 

Bible Gateway Revised Geneva Translation article.

John 3:16 in RGT For God so loves the world, that He has given His only begotten Son; that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John Chapter 20 in RGT

1 Now, the first of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the sepulcher – early, when it was still dark. And she saw the stone taken away from the tomb.

Then she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher! And we do not know where they have laid Him!”

Therefore, Peter went forth, and the other disciple, and they came to the sepulcher.

So they both ran together. But the other disciple outran Peter and came to the sepulcher first.

And he stooped down and saw the linen clothes lying. Yet, he did not go in.

Then came Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulcher. And he saw the linen clothes, laying.

And the facecloth that was upon His head was not laying with the linen clothes but was wrapped together in a place by itself.

Then the other disciple (who had first come to the sepulcher) went in also. And he saw it and believed.

For as yet they did not know the Scripture, “That He must rise again from the dead”.

10 And the disciples went away again to their own home.

11 But Mary stood outside the sepulcher, weeping. And as she wept, she stooped down into the sepulcher

12 and saw two angels in white, sitting – one at the head and the other at the feet – where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 And they said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

14 When she had said this, she turned back and saw Jesus, standing. And she didn’t know that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Whom do you seek?” She, supposing that He had been the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if you have taken Him from here, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned, and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, “Master”)

17 Jesus said to her, “Do not touch Me. For I am not yet ascended to My Father. But, go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father, and to your Father, and to My God, and your God’.”

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.

19 The evening of the same day (which was the first of the week), when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and said to them, “Peace to you.”

20 And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced, having seen the Lord.

21 Then Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you. As My Father sent Me, so I send you.”

22 And when He had said that, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Ghost.”

23 “Whoever’s sins you forgive, they are forgiven them. And whoever’s sins you retain, they are retained.”

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve (called Didymus) was not with them when Jesus came.

25 Therefore, the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in His hands and put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it!”

26 And eight days later, again His disciples were within and Thomas with them. Then Jesus came (when the doors were shut) and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace to you.”

27 Afterward, He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. And see My hands. And put forth your hand and put it into My side. And do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

28 Then Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord, and my God!”

29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you believe. Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

30 And Jesus also did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book.

31 But these things are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. And that in believing, you might have life, through His Name.

Observation: We see Mary Magdalene again at the beginning of the chapter.

Question: Are there things that John did not write about Jesus that appear no where else in scripture? (vs 30). If so will we ever get the opportunity to know them or are they gone forever?

Application: Verse 21 states that John’s purpose for writing is that we could have life in Christ. Now that I have life in Christ Johm’s purpose should become my purpose.