But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. Luke 24:1-12
It is early Sunday morning and the women are heading to the tomb carrying the spices and wrappings they will need to finish the preparation of Jesus’ body. The men are still in hiding. Maybe they are back in the upper room where what now seems like ages ago they celebrated Passover with Jesus. They are scared and must be thinking how had everything gone so wrong so fast. Roman soldiers had been sent to guard the tomb and no one knows if the authorities are looking for Jesus’ disciples.
On the way to the tomb the women suddenly remember the stone that seals the tomb. How are they going to move it? Possible there will be someone there to help them. And then the shock of their lives. The stone has been rolled away. The body is gone. If this shock was not enough they see two angels. The women reacted the way everyone in the bible reacts. They were frightened. Then the angels tell them that Jesus is not there. He has risen. The women run back to the room where the disciples are staying with the news. Of course the disciples do not believe them. How could they. Something has happened that had never happened in the history of the world. A dead man alone in a tomb had risen from the grave. Peter and John race to the tomb. John being younger and faster gets there first but it is Peter who enters the tomb. Jesus is not there.
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!