The two women who had come with Mary Magdalene – Joanna & Mary, the mother of James — were completely unnerved by their encounter with the angel (218). They left the tomb in a huge hurry. They were so afraid that they didn’t want to say anything to anyone.
But Mary Magdalene remained, crying outside the tomb. A voice behind her asked: “Woman, why are you crying?” Without looking up, she answered, “They have taken my master away, and I do not know where they have put him!”
Mary turned around & there was Jesus, standing right there in front of her! But at first Mary did not grasp that it was really Jesus; she thought he was the gardener.
Jesus asked Mary, “Who is it that you are looking for?” “Please, just tell me where you have put his body, and I will go & get it,” she replied, still thinking he was the gardener.
Then Jesus called her by name, and Mary knew him instantly. As she reached out to embrace him, Jesus gently told her: “Not just now. Go & find my brothers & tell them that the time for my return to God is coming very soon.”
So Mary Magdalene found Joanna & Mary, the mother of James. The three of them then went to Jesus’ friends, and found them mourning & crying. But when they heard Mary Magdalene say that Jesus was alive & that she had actually seen him, most of them didn’t believe her. However, Peter & John immediately started running for the tomb to see for themselves.
John ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths in which Jesus had been buried, but he didn’t go inside.
When Peter came, he went straight into the tomb. He also saw the linen cloths lying there & the cloth which had been around Jesus’ head; it wasn’t lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself.
Then John went inside the tomb after Peter. When John saw that the body of Jesus was not there, he knew instantly that Jesus had indeed risen from death.
Astonished, the two of them returned to tell their friends the amazing news. Jesus was alive again!
(218) Matthew 28:8-10, Mark 16:8-11, Luke 24:8-12, John 20:2-18