Why is it that among the 12, it was only John who understood that Jesus would rise again when he saw the tomb?

Joh 20:2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.

Joh 20:3 Therefore Peter and that other disciple went forth and came to the tomb.

Joh 20:4 So they both ran together. And the other disciple outran Peter and came first to the tomb.

Joh 20:5 And stooping down he saw the linens lying, yet he did not go in.

Joh 20:6 Then Simon Peter came following him and went into the tomb. And he saw the linens lying there.

Joh 20:7 And the grave-cloth that was on His head was not lying with the linens, but was wrapped up in one place by itself.

Joh 20:8 Therefore, then, that other disciple also went in, the one who came first to the tomb. AND HE SAW AND BELIEVED.

"That other disciple" is John.

It was like he was saying, "I remember what he said now! It's all true, I understand now! I believe!"

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  • 8 years ago
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    Yes, viewing John’s writing in this light, it becomes evident that he himself was the unnamed companion of Andrew to whom John the Baptizer introduced Jesus Christ. (Joh 1:35-40) After Jesus’ resurrection John passed Peter by as they ran to the tomb to investigate the report that Jesus was missing. (Joh 20:2-8) He was privileged to see the resurrected Jesus that same evening (Joh 20:19; Lu 24:36) and again the following week. (Joh 20:26)

    However, read the following 2 verses:

    (John 20:9, 10) . . .For they did not yet discern the scripture that he must rise from the dead. And so the disciples went back to their homes. . .

    At this point, they were 'all' perplexed as to what had happened, as the scripture states 'they did not yet discern' that he had must rise. So what did he see and believe? In verse 2 Mary had just told the disciples that Jesus body was missing. All the disciples went to the tomb to see for themselves. When John saw the bandages on the ground he believed what Mary had told him as he could see with his own eyes.

    Further, looking at~

    (John 2:22) When, though, he was raised up from the dead, his disciples called to mind that he used to say this; and they believed the Scripture and the saying that Jesus said.

    By cross referencing these scriptures we see at some point after they had gone back to their homes, Jesus sayings was called (not to John alone) back to "their" minds (plural) that he had been raised from the dead. Through careful cross referencing and reading all the verses in context we have the ability to see the meaning of his "seeing and believing".

    There is a great book called the greatest Man which is all about the life of Jesus in Chronological order and gives you all the scriptures at the bottom of each chapter and you travel through his life. I am sure you will enjoy this, it's a free PDF format you just read on your desktop. For this account refer to chapter 128


  • 8 years ago

    1 in 12 disciples believe in cosmic zombies. Seems a pretty reasonable statistic.

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