20Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”3Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.5He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,7and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;9for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.10Then the disciples returned to their homes.
Thoughts: Did you notice that it is Mary Magdalene who comes alone and she is not coming to prepare the body with spices as that has already been done by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. No Mary is coming to the tomb for the same reason we all go to tombs--to grieve, to remember, to go through a whole lists of could haves, should haves, would haves. Her grief is interrupted by the fact that the body is not there and the tomb has been opened. She runs to get Peter and the the other disciple. As of yet, Easter morning is more confusing than anything. I'm not sure what the other disciple believed, but certainly Mary is left in her grief.
Questions: Have you ever gone to the graveside of someone and had a conversation? What things do you think Mary Magdalene would have said at the tomb of Jesus?