On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.
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The Resurrection is the foundation of our faith. Because of this, it can be hard to place ourselves in the disciples’ shoes when Jesus died and rose from the dead. The crazy thing is, they’ve been told that all of this would happen. Jesus told them that he would go to Jerusalem, be crucified and die, and finally rise from the dead. Even though Jesus told them what would happen and how it would end, they still had to live through it. They still had to watch Jesus get arrested and mourn his death. On the first Good Friday and Holy Saturday, I’m sure it was hard to look forward to Jesus’ Resurrection. Maybe they forgot that he would rise or maybe they doubted while they were caught up in their grief Regardless, they found out on Sunday that Jesus rose. We already know how the story ends. Our people are an Easter people. So on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, we don’t wait in despair, but with joyful hope for Easter.
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