Crossroad Bible Study

March 3rd, 2009


Posted by Hannah Venable in Uncategorized  Tagged John 20-21

I wanted to ask everyone’s thoughts on John 20:8-9 which says:

“Finally, the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understnad from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)”

These verses are talking about John arriving at the empty tomb, going inside and then “believing”. It seems to be that this belief is a belief that the body is really gone. Mary had told them that someone had taken the body and so Peter and John had ran to see for themselves. They arrived and believed her words: the body was gone. TheĀ  next verse (9) seems to explain that they didn’t understand yet that Jesus needed to rise from the dead so that is why they were assuming that someone took the body.

However, our devotional seems to think this was a true conversion experience for John. The author states, “John had his real conversion experience when he made a decision to believe in Jesus based on the evidence (20:8).”

What do you think about that? Is this a real conversion or is it just a belief in an empty tomb?

Hannah Venable

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  1.    Alan Collins said,

    on March 5th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Acts 1:6-7 tells us that the disciples were still confused about the purpose of Jesus’ ministry even when He was about to ascend.They still thought of him as a political messiah, or at least in part. We can read in the other Gospels how the disciples were gobsmacked when Jesus appeared to them in person after His burial. So no, I don’t think that John truly beleived in the Resurrection at the point where he saw the empty tomb.

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