Bible Study

John 19:38-20:9

The Empty Tomb
Introduction
Shroud of Turin Many people believe the Shroud of Turin to be the cloth used to wrap Jesusí crucified body when he was taken from the cross.

Do you think the Shroud of Turin is authentic? Why or why not?

Study

I. Joseph and Nicodemus bury Jesus

What was unusual about Joseph of Arimatheaís request? (Mark 15:43)

What do we know about Nicodemus? (John 3:1-2; 7:50-52)

How were these two men affected by Jesusí death? What do their actions reveal about them?

What did Joseph and Nicodemus risk by burying Jesus?
L ATER, JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA ASKED PILATE FOR the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. John 19:38-42, NIV
II. Peter and John enter the tomb

What do we know about Mary Magdalene? (Luke 8:1-3; John 19:25)

What did Mary Magdalene think had happened?

Why do you think these two disciples ran to the tomb?

What was unusual about the condition of the burial cloths?

What did the other disciple (John) believe based on what he saw?

What did these disciples now understand? What understanding did they still lack?
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) John 20:1-9, NIV

Application

How have you changed as a result of meeting Jesus?

How open are you about your faith with your friends and coworkers?

When are you tempted to keep your beliefs to yourself?

When have you taken a stand for Christ?

How do you usually respond to unexpected circumstances?

To whom do you turn when life becomes overwhelming?

When was the last time you received a blessing in disguise?

How do some people explain the empty tomb? How should you respond?

Why is Jesusí resurrection the key to the Christian faith?

Why is Jesusí resurrection important to you?


Assignment

Study John 20:10-31, Jesus Appears to His Disciples.

Dave Bowser

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