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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

The Empty Tomb

Posted Friday, December 14, 2012, at 2:43 PM

"1-2 Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, 'They took the Master from the tomb. We don't know where they've put him.'

3-10 Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. They ran, neck and neck. The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter. Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself. Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. The disciples then went back home." (John 20:1-8, MSG)

Upon hearing Mary's story, Peter and John ran to the tomb. They expected to find the grave clothes gone, for they suspected a thief had stolen Jesus' body. To their astonishment, they found the shroud lying exactly where the body had been placed. The clothes still lay there, as if still around Jesus' body. Jesus was gone but the grave clothes...still there. The handkerchief used to cover Jesus' head was still in place where His head had laid. This puzzled Peter and John for they had not understood the power of the Resurrection that had taken place.

Notice, Mary went to the tomb EARLY, "while it was still dark". In doing so, she was the FIRST one to experience Jesus' working power. There is something that happens when we seek out Jesus early in the morning while it is still dark. Maybe it is the quietness of the morning or maybe a loving heart that seeks Him early in the morning compels Him to reveal Himself in such a powerful way.

Peter and John missed out. They too could have had a deeper understanding of the miraculous that was happening right before their very eyes but "they did not know the Scripture". But Mary knew...oh, she knew. So much so that at her discovery, she could not contain her excitement and RAN to share with the other disciples.

How many of us seek the Lord in the early morning hours, seeking Scripture, finding the miraculous in our lives? How many of us get so excited as God reveals Himself to us that we run to share with others? God's miraculous working power is happening everyday, in everything, all around us. We must seek and know the Scriptures to not only recognize it, but to understand it.

Today I encourage you to seek Jesus early in the morning. Let Him reveal himself to you through scripture and through others. He is dying to do it...yes, He wants to empower you and strengthen you throughout the day by constantly and consistently having communion with you.

"Perhaps we don't want to come face to face with the unsurrendered areas of our lives. We like our lives just as they are, even if it is less than God's best."

Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email chollensbe@mac.com .

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