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November 16 - Straight Thru the Bible


John 20-21

Chapter 20

The Empty Tomb(a)

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene(b) went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.(c) 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved,(d) and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"(e)

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.(f) 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in(g) at the strips of linen(h) lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus' head.(i) The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first,(j) also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture(k) that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)(l) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb(m) 12 and saw two angels in white,(n) seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"(o)

"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him."(p) 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,(q) but she did not realize that it was Jesus.(r)

15 He asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?(s) Who is it you are looking for?"

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

16 Jesus said to her, "Mary."

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic,(t) "Rabboni!"(u) (which means "Teacher").

17 Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers(v) and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father(w) and your Father, to my God and your God.'"

18 Mary Magdalene(x) went to the disciples(y) with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders,(z) Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace(aa) be with you!"(ab) 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.(ac) The disciples were overjoyed(ad) when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you!(ae) As the Father has sent me,(af) I am sending you."(ag) 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.(ah) 23 If you forgive anyone's sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."(ai)

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas(aj) (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"

But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side,(ak) I will not believe."(al)

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace(am) be with you!"(an) 27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."(ao)

28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

29 Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed;(ap) blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."(aq)

The Purpose of John's Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs(ar) in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.(as) 31 But these are written that you may believe[b](at) that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,(au) and that by believing you may have life in his name.(av)

Chapter 21

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples,(a) by the Sea of Galilee.[a](b) It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas(c) (also known as Didymus[b]), Nathanael(d) from Cana in Galilee,(e) the sons of Zebedee,(f) and two other disciples were together. 3 "I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.(g)

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.(h)

5 He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?"

"No," they answered.

6 He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.(i)

7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved(j) said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[c] 9 When they landed, they saw a fire(k) of burning coals there with fish on it,(l) and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught." 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.(m) 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples(n) after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"

"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."(o)

Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."(p)

16 Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."(q)

17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?"(r) He said, "Lord, you know all things;(s) you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.(t) 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death(u) by which Peter would glorify God.(v) Then he said to him, "Follow me!"(w)

20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved(x) was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is going to betray you?")(y) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord, what about him?"

22 Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return,(z) what is that to you? You must follow me."(aa) 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers(ab) that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?"

24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things(ac) and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.(ad)

25 Jesus did many other things as well.(ae) If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Acts 1:1-2:13

Chapter 1

Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

1 In my former book,(a) Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach(b) 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven,(c) after giving instructions(d) through the Holy Spirit to the apostles(e) he had chosen.(f) 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them(g) over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.(h) 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait(i) for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.(j) 5 For John baptized with[a] water,(k) but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit."(l)

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore(m) the kingdom to Israel?"

7 He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.(n) 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;(o) and you will be my witnesses(p) in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,(q) and to the ends of the earth."(r)

9 After he said this, he was taken up(s) before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white(t) stood beside them. 11 "Men of Galilee,"(u) they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back(v) in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem(w) from the hill called the Mount of Olives,(x) a Sabbath day's walk[c] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room(y) where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.(z) 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer,(aa) along with the women(ab) and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.(ac)

15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, "Brothers and sisters,[d](ad) the Scripture had to be fulfilled(ae) in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas,(af) who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number(ag) and shared in our ministry."(ah)

18 (With the payment(ai) he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field;(aj) there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language(ak) Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

20 "For," said Peter, "it is written in the Book of Psalms:

"‘May his place be deserted;
     let there be no one to dwell in it,'[e](al)


"‘May another take his place of leadership.'[f](am)

21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John's baptism(an) to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness(ao) with us of his resurrection."

23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed,(ap) "Lord, you know everyone's heart.(aq) Show us(ar) which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs." 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.(as)

Chapter 2

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

1 When the day of Pentecost(a) came, they were all together(b) in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.(c) 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit(d) and began to speak in other tongues[a](e) as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing(f) Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed,(g) they asked: "Aren't all these who are speaking Galileans?(h) 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,(i) Pontus(j) and Asia,[b](k) 10 Phrygia(l) and Pamphylia,(m) Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;(n) visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine."(o)

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