1. Mary’s Moment: 20.1-3, 11-18
  • Luke 8.2-3; John 19.25
  • “Do not hold on to me” – what does Jesus mean?
  • He is going….
    • To send the _________ (Jn 16.7, Acts 2).  
    • To prepare a ________ for them (Jn 14.1-3).  
    • To _________ for us (Rom 8.34).  
    • To a place from where he can offer us _________ (Heb 4.14-16).

2. Disciples Redirected: 20.2-9, 19-23, 24-29

  • Sent by the Spirit
  • If the Holy Spirit has not yet indwelled them (Act 1.4), what kind of reception of the Spirit is Jesus talking about in v22? 
  • Commission for a Mission
  • In the Strength of the Spirit
  • For the Saving of Souls
  • Doubter Redirected
  • What take do you have on how Jesus felt about Thomas’ doubts? Was he understanding? Indignant? Another feeling? (Jn 11.16)
  • What lessons do we learn from Jesus about how to deal with people’s doubts (see also Chapter 21 and how Jesus helps Peter)?

3. Jesus’ Body: 20.19-23, 26

  • Lazarus / Jesus
  • Wrapping (Jn 11.44 / 20.5-7)
  • Stone (Jn 11.41 / Matt 28.2)
  • Life (1 Cor 15.42-44, 53-57; Heb 7.24; Rev 1.18)
  • Us / Jesus
  • Bear a cross (Lk 9.23)
  • Die to self (Rom 6.6)
  • Offer ourselves to death (Rom 8.36)
  • Die to be fruitful (Jn 12.24)
  • New life (Rom 6.3-10)
  • New body (Phil 3.20-21)


  • Who do you relate to most in these chapters? Mary, Peter, John, Thomas? Jesus himself? 
  • What has stood out to you from tonight?
  1. Read John 21 between now and Sunday
  2. Discuss what you’re learning and your questions with your spouse/friends.
  3. Ask God to reveal what aspect of Jesus he would like you to focus on through this series.

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