The women at the tomb
The first to visit the tomb on Easter Sunday morning was Mary Magdalene who came while it was still dark. She found the stone rolled away from the tomb entrance and concluded that Jesus’ body had been moved so she ran to tell Peter and John. She joined the other women when the sun was risen. They came to anoint the body with spices but they were confronted with a shocking revelation from the angles that He had risen from the dead. They went therefore to tell the disciples.
Peter and John
John was the first to arrive and look in to the tomb but waited outside for Peter to arrive. When Peter arrived he immediately went in. (Note previous my blog on the grave clothes) They were confronted with evidence that defied normal explanation. John believed immediately and Peter left in wonderment.
Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus
Mary was so disturbed by not knowing where Jesus body was and her grief of her loss that she didn’t recognize Jesus and thought he was a gardener. When Jesus spoke, she recognized Him and reached out to hold Him. Jesus said don’t cling to me for I am not yet ascended to My Father. He didn’t say don’t touch me but he used the word haptomai which means attach oneself to another or to cling. She had lost Him once and she didn’t want to lose Him again. Remember, Jesus told His disciples the it is expedient for you that I go away for if I go not away, the Holy Spirit would not come. Jesus intended for us to know Him in another way by being indwelt with the Holy Spirit until we receive our resurrected bodies. Having then been confronted with Christ Himself, she went again to tell the disciples with a new urgency in her report.
The Two On the Road to Emmaus
Emmaus was a town about 8 miles NE from Jerusalem and was located about 3,000 lower in elevation. One of the two was Cleopas and the other is unnamed. They were downtrodden and speculated about the events of the crucifixion as they walked. Jesus, Himself joined them but was unrecognized. He then engaged them in their conversation and they restated the events including the morning reports from the women. Then Jesus chided them in being slow to believe and began at the prophets He interpreted the Scriptures concerning Himself. As they arrived at Emmaus they invited Jesus to stay with them since it was evening. As they were eating Jesus broke the bread and gave it to them. As they were confronted with the truth of who Jesus is, He vanished out of their site.
These are not the only sighting of Jesus but they are recorded for us so that we too can come to the truth of who Jesus is and that He is resurrected. You have now been confronted with the truth. What does it take to convince you HE IS ALIVE!!!