Shock and Awe


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.

The empty tomb

So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple that 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 ran 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, 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.

Peter at the tomb

Then the other disciple also went in and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned home. But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping.

Mary weeping

And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.”

Angels in Tomb

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?”. She thought he was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher.

Jesus appears to Mary 2

Jesus said to her, “Stop holding onto me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her.

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