May 4/John 20

This chapter has 31 verses and everyone of them points to Jesus rising from the dead just like he said he would! This chapter tells us that our faith in Jesus is not wasted. This chapter tells us that Jesus can be trusted with our lives. This chapter guarantees us that our Savior is with us today. This chapter gives meaning to our lives lived for Jesus. This chapter gives us confidence to tell others about Jesus. The leaders of every other religion gathered around themselves people that they would disciple with their teachings and then when they died the disciples would go out and tell others the teachings but when asked about their teacher they would all have to admit that he or she had died.

Jesus Christ gathered people around himself that he would disciple with his teachings and then he sent them out to tell others. However when people would ask about their teacher they would have to admit that he is still alive! That is what we have going for us today. Our savior is Alive. I would suggest thanking Jesus 31 times once for every verse in this chapter. The Holy Spirit might just move you into praise and worship! The event in this chapter is what we base our hope and lives upon and no one can say anything to convince us otherwise. When the circumstances in this life begin to get us down or discouraged or a bit frazzled this is the chapter to turn to for a quick Jesus fix. Jesus said, “Peace be with you”, not on you or in you but with you. There was a “Prince” that died last week in Minnesota but it wasn’t Jesus! Jesus is the Prince of Peace and he is saying that he will always be with us. He sent his Holy Spirit to indwell us. The same Spirit that lived in Jesus. We are ending the four gospels and in these four gospels we never saw Jesus down, discouraged or frazzled or perplexed. He is peace! He leaves this peace with us!

Isaiah 9:6 (NLT) — 6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Verse 2 > “We” indicates that there were other ladies with her just as the other gospels point out.

Verse 3 > Peter’s gifting was not in running:)

Verse 8 > This is what we must do today > believe what the scriptures say.

Verses 11-16 > Don’t let the circumstances of live overwhelm you the point that you don’t recognize that Jesus is with you. Yes he does know your name also!

Verse 23 > If someone receives Jesus we acknowledge that their sins have been forgiven. If someone rejects Jesus we acknowledge that their sins have not been forgiven. It is only the blood of Jesus that washes away sin.
1 John 1:7 & 9 (NLT) — 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Verse 27 > This is a good word for all of us. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe! Blessed are those who believe before they see. That is the way of the Kingdom of God. We live by faith not by sight. Faith sees what the physical eye can’t.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    We may not always recognize Jesus but we will know his voice. That Jesus is alive and we have a direct line to God is the purpose of the resserection. That played a part in the reformation also. Notice that the protestant cross is empty and we pray directly to God for forgiveness while the Catholic crucifix is not empty and forgiveness is through the priest and works. We live by faith and resserection power.

  2. Peace is not on me or in me, but with me. I may not always feel peaceful but I believe the living truth of his word and as I stand on that truth of the Peace (Jesus) I have, I am set free from “unpeacefulness”. Our belief should set us apart from the touchy, feely post-modern world as you talked of in your sermon on Sunday. Thank you, very good message. By the way, I look so forward to your chapter teachings every morning. Thanks again for your commitment to do this. Mark, very interesting point about the Catholic crucifix.