Peter and John were likely quite astonished at what they heard with their ears coming from the reliable firsthand witness of Mary who had risen early in the morning and arrived at the tomb of Jesus Christ to find it empty and Jesus Christ up and about alive!
When told of this incredible event both men, the Apostle John and Peter, instantly took off running towards the burial cave of Jesus Christ to see for themselves exactly what had taken place. Mary followed behind them as they all hurried towards the burial cave of Jesus Christ.
The body of Jesus was gone; He had vanished or disappeared from a heavily sealed tomb? Many questions must have swirled around in their minds of these men as they ran to the tomb to view and consider the situation for themselves. This news, if true, was incredible indeed!
Peter, always quick, but often impetuous or reckless in his ways, often entered into situations before thinking. When he came to the cave where Jesus’s body was buried hours before he rushed right into the now open tomb to see for himself. Peter even raced past the Apostle John who had paused in the doorway to examine this incredible situation from a distance.
Not only was the body of Jesus Christ gone from the tomb but the Bible says: “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.” The burial cloths the women used lovingly to wrap the body of Jesus had been left behind empty in the tomb. John took note that Jesus Christ’s burial clothes had not just thrown aside or cast away, but had been folded neatly and placed where His body had once been lain.
Both men pondered further upon this incredible situation. Eventually the Apostle John moved to stand inside the empty tomb with Peter, perhaps as Mary stood behind them, all of them were indeed busy taking in the great magnitude of these unexpected events.
Today you and I have the completed Word of God. We have first-hand accounts from these men, Mary, and many other recorded witnesses, and we can hold in our hand the precious words of Jesus Christ as inspired and recorded in His Word. We can personally know God, through Jesus Christ, who willingly came to this world, died as a perfect sacrifice for sin, and rose again. Therefore, today we can spiritually make sense of this empty tomb through these specific recorded monumental spiritual events of ancient history which took place a few thousand years ago.
The Bible says: “For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.”
The apostles, relatives, and people who were actually alive on this very day in this exciting time of history had to sort out these events according to what they could see along with the many things Jesus had taught them as He preached in this world. Not everyone in history was able to grasp the meaning or significance of the empty tomb the moment they laid their eyes on it. Many had to “comb through” the very words of Jesus Christ to begin to make sense of it.
This unexpected empty tomb was soon to be cemented in Truth as they would soon personally meet up with the resurrected and spiritually alive body of Jesus Christ. They would see with their own eyes and even be able to reach out and physically touch His wounded hands, feet, and side. Jesus Christ who was alive was beheld by the eyes of many witnesses, including the Apostle Thomas, who doubted until he could clearly see the resurrected Jesus Christ with his own eyes and touch Him with his own hands to believe!
Today you and I have everything we need to wholly believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Those who choose not to believe in the supernatural power and presence of Jesus Christ must discount or push away the Truth of His Word and ignore the significance of His empty tomb. We do serve a risen Savior who is spiritually alive forever! Amen!