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John 20:19-31 Commentary
by Mary Hinkle Shore
Maybe you have had this experience: one of your friends comes back from seeing a movie, or going to a concert, or visiting a beautiful place and says to you, “You have got to see this!”
You listen with interest, even as you are trying to distinguish between what is hype and what is real.
It is not exactly right to say that you don’t believe the testimony of your friends. It is more that you don’t have any experience of your own to compare to theirs. To know what you believe about what they are reporting, you will have to go to the movie, or try the product, or see the sunset in that particular spot. In order to offer your own testimony, you need to have your own experience.
The evangelist, John, knows this. John’s gospel exhibits a pattern in which someone hears about Jesus and needs more -- and then receives what they need to come to their own experience of the life Jesus is embodying in the world. The earliest example is in John 1, when Philip says to Nathaniel, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth” (John 1:45) Nathaniel replies with skepticism: “Can ...
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April 08, 2018
Podcast on John 20:19-31, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Apr. 8, 2018, (Easter Sunday) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Karoline Lewis. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.