“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
“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.
2 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!”
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.
5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen 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. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.
8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.
9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.”
Peter and John left the crucifixion site fearful, full of sorrow, defeated, without hope BUT God was still at work. They did not believe the promise Jesus had made that He return. BUT GOD is at work and their faith will grow.
Now, I am no Greek scholar but have been taught that John used three different Greek words for “seeing” in the above passage of Scripture:
verse 5 – “to glance in, to look in”
verse 6 – “to look carefully, to observe”
verse 8 – “to perceive with intelligent comprehension”
“being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
May the following verses help us to understand God’s expectation that we grow in our faith as well. Faith is the economy of the Kingdom and without it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:2-3
I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, Ephesians 3:16
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 2 Thessalonians 1:3
Thanking God for the measure of faith that He has given and is maturing!
Hallelujah to the Lamb of God for making it possible!