Other Accounts of What You Read in John 20
Understanding the Scriptures
|Napkin (v. 7)||Cloth covering the face of a dead person|
|First day of the week (vv. 1, 19)||Sunday|
|Remit, remitted (v. 23)||Forgive, forgiven|
John 20:17—Where Was the Lord’s Spirit While His Body Lay in the Tomb?
When the resurrected Savior appeared to Mary Magdalene, He said, “I am not yet ascended to my Father.” Where had His spirit gone then while His body lay in the tomb? Peter taught that “he went and preached unto the spirits in prison” (1 Peter 3:18–20). On 3 October 1918, President Joseph F. Smith was pondering that account by Peter. He received in vision a more extensive view of the Savior’s three-day mission (see D&C 138).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study John 20.
Christ the Lord Is Risen
How can we know that Jesus Christ was resurrected? John 20 records three levels of knowledge concerning the Resurrection. Discover these levels by reading the references below and answering the accompanying questions:
Read John 20:1–10. What evidence do these verses give of the Resurrection? How is an empty tomb evidence? How did the empty tomb affect what Mary Magdalene, Peter, and “that other disciple” (John) believed?
What new evidence was given to Mary Magdalene? (see vv. 11–18). How did this experience affect Mary’s belief regarding the Resurrection of the Savior?
According to John 20:19–20, after the Lord had appeared to ten of the Apostles, what did Thomas require before he would believe their story of seeing the Lord? What new evidence did Thomas receive about the Resurrection? What important principle did the Lord teach Thomas about believing in the Resurrection?
How can you know that Jesus was resurrected? Write your testimony of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.