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.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Look inside the empty tomb with me. Jesus is not there, but what about the strips of linen and the cloth that wrapped around his head? Notice they were not even lying near each other.
Similar to the opening of a most cherished Christmas gift, the wrapping paper seems to be all over the place, and the gift is hugged like a long lost friend. The angels who helped to unravel the risen Lord tossed his coverings all over the tomb in this same sort of excited anticipation. And when Mary Magdalene realized she had seen Jesus, I am pretty sure she hugged him tightly too. Did he not say to her, “Do not hold onto me”?
The doom and gloom of Lent has passed and we celebrate ever lasting life in Jesus.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!
JESUS CHRIST HAS RISEN!
HE HAS RISEN INDEED!!!