Day 20: John 20

"My sweet lord"

“Go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”
John 20:17 (ESV)

I love the intimacy in the language of this chapter. Mary Magdalene says she’s crying because they took “my Lord” away. Notice, she didn’t say “The Lord” but “My Lord.” The presence of a relationship inhabits this sentence. With each word, you feel the comfortable, personal tone of a woman speaking about a person she knew very intimately.

Then Jesus responds in a very similar manner when He calls them “my brothers” and says He is ascending to His and your Father—my God and your God.

It’s like that moment when you get together with a friend or family member that you haven’t seen in a really long time. There is such warmth between you because the distance has now been closed. It seems like you can pick up exactly where you left off.

I believe that’s what it felt like for Jesus’s disciples in this chapter. They reconnected with their Lord one last time on a very, very deep level. Why? So that they would believe, “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

It is my prayer, as we are near the end of this fast, that we feel like we have been walking with the Lord over the past twenty days. That you feel so close and intimate with your Lord that your heart stirs the moment He speaks your name. That it would be as He said in Chapter 10, “He calls his own sheep by name… and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”

Our Prayer

My Lord, I thank You for your Word and all that is written for us today, that as we spend time with You we would feel like we are spending time with a friend, with a brother. I pray that we would feel You close and intimate in our lives so that when You speak our name, we are able to hear and follow You wherever You lead. Amen!