John 20:11-18

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The Lord’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene After His Resurrection

John 20:11-18

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Lesson Number 86

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The resurrection of Christ involves new relationships.
  2. The resurrection of Christ involves new responsibilities.

Practical Application

  1. Your sorrow can be turned to joy.


  1. What did Mary see when she looked into the tomb?
  2. What did Mary see when she turned around?
  3. Was Mary aware that the Lord had been resurrected?
  4. When did Mary recognize the Lord?
  5. What did the Lord mean when He told Mary not to cling to Him?
  6. How was Jesus’ relationship different with the disciples after the resurrection?
  7. Why did Jesus, say, “My Father and your Father, My God and your God”?


  1. Two angels sitting on the niche in the rock wall of the tomb, where the body of the Lord had been laid.
  2. The Lord, but she did not know it was the Lord.
  3. no, she thought that “the gardener” (the Lord) had been asked to take away His body, perhaps by request from Joseph of Arimathea.
  4. When the Lord called her by name.
  5. The idea was that of a new relationship now, one that was different from the Lord’s life here on earth.
  6. In John 15, Jesus referred to them as friends. Now He refers to them as brethren.
  7. To show that even with the new relationship, there is still a distinction with the Father. Jesus’ unique relationship is that He is God’s Son.


  1. Check out Hebrews 2:11-12 along with John 20:17 to assure you of your new relationship with Christ.
  2. What are a believer’s responsibilities because of the resurrection? How are you handling your post-resurrection responsibilities?


  1. Mary’s sorrow was turned to joy when Jesus called her by name. The Lord calls you by name. Does this make a profound difference in your life? It should.

Key Verses

  • “She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.” John 20:14 “Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’” John 20:15 “Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17

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