Very early in the morning, while it was dark outside,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and much to her surprise:
The heavy stone was not in place–it had been rolled away!
What was going in there? Her heart began to sway.
She ran to the disciples, beloved John and Simon Peter.
She said, “They’ve taken Jesus, and I have no idea where.”
The men ran to the tomb, looked in, saw where the linens lay.
They didn’t understand about the Resurrection Day.
John and Simon Peter left, but Mary stayed and cried.
She looked inside the tomb and saw two angels at the side.
She said, “They took my Lord away,” when asked about her tears.
At that, she turned and saw Him–it was Jesus standing there!
She didn’t recognize Him–she thought the gardener had appeared.
When Jesus spoke, she did not know it was her Lord so near.
Then He called out, “Mary!” This time she knew that it was so,
Her precious Saviour, Lord and Friend–the day the Son arose!
Did you know?
During the time when Jesus lived, the body of someone who had died would be placed on a rock bench in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock (side of a mountain or cave). After about one year, the body had returned to dust and only the bones remained. The bones would then be placed in an ossuary (a box) and placed into one of the niches (channels) that had been cut out within the tomb. One wealthy family buried all of their family members in the same tomb. Once the ossuary was placed in a niche, the rock bench could then be used for the next family member who died.
But Jesus didn’t need an ossuary!
He arose from the dead, and He is alive!
The Day the Son Arose was brighter than any day the sun arose!
(Scripture Reference: John 20:1-16)