1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; 5 and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? 6 He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” 8 And they remembered His words, 9 and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the motherof James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. 11 But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened
Observation – What Does It Say
- On the first day of the Week- Sunday
- At early dawn is there a late dawn? NKJV, KJV and NIV has very early morning.
- They came to the Tomb. They are identified as Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary the mother of James.
- Why the mother of James is only identified as the mother of James? Is she not also the Mother of John?
- They brought spices to the tomb. They had prepared spiced on Friday the day Jesus died. 23:56
- They knew where the tomb was because the followed Joseph of Aremetha
- The stone which covered the tomb was rolled away
- They entered the tomb where Jesus was buried
- The women’s first thought was not that Jesus had risen
- The women did not know what had happened
- Two men appeared suddenly
- The men stood
- The men stood near them
- The men clothes were dazzling, NKJV and KJV say shining
- The women were terrified
- The women bowed to the ground so they were faces were toward the ground
- The men referred to Jesus as the living One
- The men asked why the women were looking for Jesus among dead people
- The men said Jesus was not there
- The men said Jesus had risen
- The men reminded the women Jesus said he would rise from the dead when he was in Galilee
- The women were with Jesus in Galilee
- In Galilee Jesus said he would be delivered to sinful men
- In Galilee Jesus said he would be crucified
- In Galilee Jesus said he would rise on the third day.
- The women remembered what Jesus said
- The women reported what happened these things to the disciples of Jesus
- There were more than 11 disciples of Jesus
- What the women said appeared as non-sense
- The disciples would not believe the women
- Peter went to see for himself
- Peter ran to the tomb
- Peter stooped in looked inside the tomb
- Peter saw the linen clothe used to wrap Jesus’ body
- Peter went to his home
- Peter marveled at what happened
Interpretation – What Does It Mean
Here greatest event in history had just occurred there was no one there to witness it. But several women were the first to become aware of it. The reaction of the heavenly realm and the earthly realm are polar opposites. Two men I am assuming were angels from heaven are astonished that the women would be there looking for Jesus body. Jesus said he would rise from the dead and he did. Of course He did. He said He would. For Him not to do so would be astonishing. The women and the disciples are from the earthly realm. Dead people are dead. Dead people do not come back to life. Dead is dead. For someone, anyone to come back to life is astonishing. Actually it is more than astonishing it is unbelievable.
Peter had enough questions in his mind to go see for himself. He did not see Jesus. He saw an empty tomb linen cloth. There were a number of explanations, all far more reasonable than Jesus rising from the dead. But what ever happened, Peter understood it was unusual. So he went back home wonder what had happened.
Peter had seen Jesus raise people from the dead. But even so Peter believes as we all do that extraordinary claims required extraordinary evidence. And while he saw unusual evidence it was not extraordinary. How different than those from the heavenly realm viewed it. The extraordinary claim would have been that God would not have kept His word,
Application – How Does It Work?
God doesn’t break His word that just doesn’t happen. Yet we are more willing to believe that God will break His word than believe something almost anything else. That may because we live in a word where people break their word all the time. But God is not a man. The good news is God keeps His word. But the bad news is God keeps His word. The wrath of God is promised to unrepentant sinners. Even here in the mist of the expression of God’s love it is impossible to miss the totality of God’s nature.