John 20:1-10 The Empty Tomb

 
Restored for display 1st century family tomb – more ‘recent’  corpses would be laid out in the central section, until after a year the bones would be collected into the ossuaries, which would be stored in the niches.

On the first day of the week, Mary the Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark and saw the stone taken away from the tomb.

 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved and said to them:  ‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they have put him.’ So Peter left, with the other disciple and they were going to the tomb. The two ran together. But the other disciple ran ahead of Peter, (being) faster and he came to the tomb first . Bending over, he saw the linens lying (there), but he did not go in. Then Simon came, following him and he went into the tomb, and he observed the linens lying and the facecloth, which had been on his head, not lying with the linens but apart, folded up in a place by itself. 

Then the other disciple, who had come first, also went into the tomb and he saw and he believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture that it was necessary for him to rise from the dead. So the disciples went away again to their own homes.

On the first day of the week, Mary the Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark and saw the stone taken away from the tomb.

 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved and said to them:  ‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they have put him.’ So Peter left, with the other disciple and they were going to the tomb. They two ran together. But the other disciple ran ahead or Peter, (being) faster and he came to the tomb first . Bending over, he saw the linens lying (there), but he did not go in. Then Simon came, following him and he went into the tomb, and he observed the linens lying and the facecloth, which was on his head, not lying with the linens but apart, folded up in a place by itself. 

Then the other disciple, who had come first, also went into the tomb and he saw and he believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture that it was necessary for him to rise from the dead. So the disciples went away again to their own homes.

Grant, Lord,
that we may hold to you without parting,
worship you without wearying,
serve you without failing;
faithfully seek you,
happily find you,
and forever possess you,
the only God,blessed now and for ever.
Amen

St Anselm

One Reply to “John 20:1-10 The Empty Tomb”

  1. I like to think of the impetuous nature of Peter, something I can relate to! He denied knowing Jesus three times in an instant. Here John pauses possibly out of respect or maybe nervous about what he might find, but Peter just bursts straight in!

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