20 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.
Here we are right in the middle of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Mary Magdalene has gone to the tomb where Jesus has been buried but He is not there. She thinks someone has taken Him. Finding Simon Peter and John, Mary tells them what has happened. Both men run to the tomb to see for themselves what Mary has been talking about. And it is just as she said: He is not there.
They are caught in the middle of a situation that doesn’t make sense to them. They each have very different responses.
Mary goes outside and cries. For her, all hope is gone.
Peter goes home. He’s probably feeling deflated and wondering what he can do to fix it.
John believes. He remembers what Jesus has said about being raised again. More accurately, the Holy Spirit reminds him of what Jesus has said.
When I read this, I cannot help but think about my own response when I’m in the middle of something I do not fully understand. Do I cry? Most often. Do I go home and try to think about what I can do? Again, most often. I need to be more like John and be reminded. To pause and think back to what Jesus has told me.
Holy Spirit, when I am caught in situations where I don’t know what to do or fully understand all that is going on, help me to focus on Jesus and remind me of what He has said to me.
Written by Gab Martin