by Daniel Rodgers

A Look at the Empty Tomb
Daniel Rodgers
John 20:1-10


1. Here in chapter 20, we find Mary Magdalene coming early in the morning to the tomb of Jesus. When she arrives, she is startled to find that the giant stone that had covered the entrance has been removed and the body of Jesus gone.

a. Upon her discovery, Mary runs to tell the disciples, Peter and John. In (vs.2), she says, ''They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him.''

2. As soon as Peter and John heard this, they immediately ran to tomb. It says in (vs. 4), So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher. Keep in mind, the disciples, at this point, did not fully comprehend what Jesus had said about the resurrection (vs. 9).

a. It's not that He hadn't told them, it's just that it didn't sink in. It's kind of like us sometimes; we hear the Word of God, we listen to the preaching, but we don't always get it. In Matthew 17:22-23, it says, and while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

3. Because John was a little faster on his feet, he beat Peter to the tomb. When he looked in, he saw only the grave clothes. Peter was right behind him; when he got there, the Bible says ''he went into the sepulcher.'' Jesus' body was nowhere to be found. John finally mustered up enough courage to go into the tomb: (vs. 8), Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

4. Though we may not notice it at first, there is a definite progression in the use of certain words in this passage. In (vs. 5), it says that John ''saw the linen clothes.'' In (vs. 6), Peter went in and it says, ''he seeth the linen clothes.'' Finally, in (vs. 8), John ''saw and believed.''

a. The reason I ...

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