John 20:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved,and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb that Sunday morning, but found the stone rolled away. At this moment, Mary had not seen Jesus. In her mind, the body had been stolen. So, like anyone else she pulls up her garments and runs back to find Peter and John.
We then see Peter and John go running to the tomb. It is a foot race, and of course, the younger disciple, John, gets there first. Now, here is an important piece that you do not want to miss. John stops at the opening of the tomb, he looks in, and assesses what has happened. Why did he hesitate?
Then, there is Peter. It says in Scripture that he went straight in. I love that. He had no hesitation. He wants to see for himself. But here is another important part. John saw and believed. Peter did not. Again, I have to ask why did John believe and Peter did not?
It was not until Jesus appeared to them later behind locked doors that Peter did believe.
I try to put myself into those moments. What if I was John or Peter? Would I have believed? Would I have come running?
Men, my heart, my soul, and my spirit wants to run to Jesus and lift Him up for what He did on the cross for me and for you. Jesus later tells his men this: John 20:29b Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
That is us!
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