Empty!

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. John 20:1-10

It was a long few days. The disciples were probably mentally exhausted from the doubting and second guessing and betrayals. What would be their next step now that their leader was gone.

Mary Magdalene was at the tomb, perhaps like we would go to a gravesite days or weeks or months after someone died. We might even talk to the tombstone as if the person were hearing us. Was that why she was there or was her faith that much stronger?

In any event, she was the first of the disciples to discover the empty tomb. The guards had already fled, knowing that they really had no excuse for why they were guarding an empty tomb. In fact, Mary didn’t even look into the tomb. Still, though, she said that “they” had taken the body.

When the others arrived at the tomb, they realized that “they” hadn’t taken Him anywhere. He had risen from the grave! His grave clothes where there but He wasn’t.

The resurrection is a wonderful time in the life of the Believer. I fear, though, that many in persecuted lands celebrate under fear of violence and destruction. Muslims hate this time of year and take it out on Christians around the world. It’s actually a standard and regular tactice of Satan and his minions. Pray for peace throughout this day, and of course pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

He is RISEN!
He is RISEN indeed!

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