He’s Gone

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.  Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.  Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.  So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.  And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.  Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.  Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

John 20:1-8

These verses and the story it contains are the center of all of Christianity.  They tell us of a risen Saviour.  They crucified the Lord Jesus.  They buried Him.  They placed guards at the tomb.  But none of that stopped Him.  He conquered death.  He became the first and only man to raise from the dead on His own power.

Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter and John were the first to see the empty tomb.  Imagine the honor that that would have been.  Mary went early in the morning to the tomb.  Maybe she was just going to pay her respects.  Maybe she thought that a miracle had happened.  Whatever it was, she saw the empty tomb.  She ran and told the others, who also ran to see it.  There it was: the empty tomb with folded graveclothes.

Jesus was not there.  He was risen.  What a wonderful Saviour and what a privilege to serve a risen Lord!

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