Remove the Disgrace

Easter Sunday in Haiti in 2010
Easter Sunday in Haiti in 2010



Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
John 20:1-18


On this mountain Adonai-Tzva’ot
will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food and superb wines,
delicious, rich food and superb, elegant wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil which covers the face of all peoples,
the veil enshrouding all the nations.
He will swallow up death forever.
Adonai Elohim will wipe away
the tears from every face,
and he will remove from all the earth
the disgrace his people suffer.
For Adonai has spoken.

On that day they will say,
“See! This is our God!
We waited for him to save us.
This is Adonai ; we put our hope in him.
We are full of joy, so glad he saved us!”


John 1:2 names Peter and the one Jesus loved. We can never be sure who the second man was, but I subscribe to the belief that it was the author of the Gospel, John himself. As a historian, I know there are other possibilities, but I will hold to John as the one Jesus loved. John wrote the expression some sixty years after the events occurred when all the other Twelve had died. We might forgive an old man a certain wistfulness.

What is easy to see in the text is the extent of detail John provides. John outran Peter but did not enter. Peter rushed in as he generally did. John followed. They saw the temporary burial linen strips and the head wrap neatly folded. Only one who stood in the tomb could describe the details as John does.

Yes, the account differs from the other three, but let me say, again as a historian, that such differences are typical. They are different in details but not in the story. We know for sure that Mark and Luke did not see the tomb (OK, Mark may have had a chance, but not likely) and there is no indication that Matthew did either. None of them write with such a personal touch about the details. I believe John wrote about what he remembered seeing sixty years earlier. I have no doubt he and Peter talked about it many times. There is little chance his memory failed regarding the single most important day of his long life.

With Paul, we must agree. Brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, the gospel that you received and in which you are firmly established; because the gospel will save you only if you keep believing exactly what I preached to you—believing anything else will not lead to anythingNJB


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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