There are so many emotions as I read these two chapters. Sorrow and awe at the death of Jesus. John hasn’t used very many scriptures to prove Jesus’ authenticity (unlike Matthew), but he pulls them out here. It blows my mind every time that Jesus was able to think about other people and fulfilling things even when he was in what must have been excruciating pain.
Then we move into the resurrection and the joy and craziness that came with it. Jesus is alive! People are seeing him around places! I have to laugh at Thomas just from reading this account – he got what he asked for, but I’m not sure if I would have the guts to actually stick my hand into the holes. Seeing would be good enough for me.
I also like John’s random little blurb about how all these things don’t even scratch the surface of Jesus’ life, but that these ones were picked out to be written about so that we could believe.