Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
A picture rises up out of this passage illustrating God’s order. The linen cloths lying there and the head-piece is folded and lying in a place by itself. The cloths could represent the followers of Christ, they are lying about, no sense of order is given in their arrangement and they are separated from their Lord. The head-piece is Jesus, head of the church comprised of his believers and followers. It is separate from the rest and lies folded in a place of its own. Folded – orderly and a sense of peace; Separate – leadership and lordship. The disciples and family are scattered as he said they would be, back to their homes. They are exhibiting fear, confusion and grief. This passage indicates the beginning seeds of hope sprouting out of the dark soil filled with the decay of broken dreams and aspirations. What motivates the race to the tomb? Hope. On entering, John states “he saw and believed.” That simply. At that point all he knew fell into place like pieces of a puzzle and now he saw the picture that had been fractured and replaced piece by piece. God’s gift to humanity given twice. Life at creation, new life returned to the believer at Christ’s resurrection. We believe and we receive. So much!!!