The Empty Tomb
1 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, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there,
7 as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, 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.)
Verse 1: Early on the first day of the week
τῇ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάατον, te mia ton sabaaton : The Hebrew idiom, day one of the week, which is now, “Sunday.”
It was the day when first Christians gathered together for worship and fellowship.
“On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.”
Verse 9: They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.
The resurrection of Christ is not a spontaneous incident that happened to Him by chance. This was foretold in the Holy Scripture long before it happened, which tells us that His Death and Resurrection was predestined by God even before the foundation of the world.
We read in, Psalm 16:9, Psalm 16:10;
Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell - כי לא תעזב נפשי לשאול ki lo taazob naphshi l’sheol - For Thou wilt not abandon My Life to the grave, nor suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.
It was certainly a reproach to the disciples that they had not understood this prophecy, when our Lord had given them often the most direct information concerning it. Christ had referred to the history of Jonah, Matthew 12:40, which was at once the type and the proof of His own resurrection.
However, this confession of John who ran to the tomb with Peter on that morning, as far as we know is, in a matter so dishonorable to himself, and is a full proof of his sincerity and of the truth of his narration.
We believe You left no tomb on earth because You were risen from the dead and ascended to Heaven.
We do believe You are not just one of the great men on earth ever lived, but the Greatest Man Who overcame the power of death and live forever and ever as the King of the universe.
That is the reason why we don’t follow any other greatest man who is still in the tomb, but we follow You Only from here to eternity.
Thank You for giving us eternal life that You have!