Acts 10:34, 37-43
John 20: 1-9
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him.” Mary Magdalene has very troubling news for the others as she had gone to the tomb while it was still dark, and seeing the stone rolled away immediately returns to the others in grief that someone has stolen the body of Jesus.
I wonder how many times in our life have we said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him.” We say these words when bad news comes, and we do not know what to do. We say these words when we are afraid of someone or something. We say these words when we are filled with grief. We say these words when we are angry at someone or disappointed in ourselves.
In our Gospel story, when Mary arrives back to the other disciples with the troubling news, they have taken the Lord from the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him. Peter and the beloved disciple, presumed to be John, run back to the tomb. Now we are given two spiritual truths to help us guide us when we are given troubling news.
The first spiritual truth comes from Peter that when he arrives at the tomb goes into the tomb, and he sees the burial cloth and the cloth that would have been around the head of Jesus. The burial clothes are evidence to Peter that robbers did not steal the body of Jesus because they would have taken him wrapped in the burial cloths. The lesson is to know that all troubling news may not be as bad as we think. How do we face the troubling news, and where is the evidence of God in our midst.
The second lesson comes from John, the beloved disciple, and it may be a bit harder. When John arrived at the tomb, all he needed to see without going in is the stone rolled back, and he believed that the troubling news would all be ok.
On this Easter morning, my friends in Christ, are we able to see the hand of God in the news in our lives that we find troubling? Jesus Christ has truly risen from the dead and has come to save us.