Early 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. (John 20:1-10, NRSV)
Now had how does Mary Magdalene know Jesus’ body is gone? It says she went to the tomb and saw the stone had been removed. And upon seeing the stone missing she ran to tell Peter and the disciple Jesus loved.
But the disciples run to the tomb, racing each other like they are saying I’m going to beat you. And the other disciple wins but doesn’t go in and Peter just runs in, kind of like, ha I beat you!
And they see that Jesus is gone, but the wrappings are still there. They had no clue what had happened or what was happening, but they knew that Jesus’ body was gone.
And so they went home.
Seriously? If someone came and told you that your beloved friend was no longer in the tomb where you had placed his dead body, you would probably go and check it out, and if it were true, what would you do? Go home and act like nothing happened?
I would be looking for the body or trying to discover what had happened. I wouldn’t just go home.
How many times do we just go home, when we really should be looking for Jesus?