John 20:1-18 (New Testament for Everyone)
On the first day of the week, very early, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb while it was still dark.
She saw that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb. So she ran off, and went to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, the one Jesus loved.
‘They’ve taken the master out of the tomb!’ she said. ‘We don’t know where they’ve put him!’
So Peter and the other disciple set off and went to the tomb. Both of them ran together. The other disciple ran faster than Peter, and got to the tomb first. He stooped down and saw the linen cloths lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter came up, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the napkin that had been around his head, not lying with the other cloths, but folded up in a place by itself.
Then the other disciple, who had arrived first at the tomb, went into the tomb as well. He saw, and he believed. They did not yet know, you see, that the Bible had said he must rise again from the dead.
Then the disciples returned to their homes.
But Mary stood outside the tomb, crying. As she wept, she stooped down to look into the tomb. There she saw two angels, clothed in white, one at the head and one at the feet of where Jesus’ body had been lying.
‘Woman,’ they said to her, ‘why are you crying?’
‘They’ve taken away my master,’ she said, ‘and I don’t know where they’ve put him!’
As she said this she turned round, and saw Jesus standing there. She didn’t know it was Jesus.
‘Woman,’ Jesus said to her, ‘why are you crying? Who are you looking for?’
She guessed he must be the gardener.
‘Sir,’ she said, ‘if you’ve carried him off somewhere, tell me where you’ve put him, and I will take him away.’
‘Mary!’ said Jesus.
She turned and spoke in Aramaic.
‘Rabbouni!’ she said (which means ‘Teacher’).
‘Don’t cling to me,’ said Jesus. ‘I haven’t yet gone up to the father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I’m going up to my father and your father – to my God and your God.” ’
Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples, ‘I’ve seen the master!’ and that he had said these things to her.
One thought on “Resurrection Day!”
After the resurrection, the woman and the apostles did not yet understanding the scripture that reveals the LORD will be risen; but the angels and the LORD first appeared to the broken hearted, the woman, whose persistence was to find the LORD body wherever it had been kept.
That broken heart truly yearns for the LORD. Still in mourning mood, then came comfort by the Word who was death, and is alive and lives forever, the LORD Himself.
Blessed indeed are they who mourn, scripture reveals, they shall be comforted.
Again, the broken hearted, scripture reveals, God will not abandoned them.