The Empty Tomb

Mark 16:1-6

When the sabbath was over,
Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome
bought spices so that they might go and anoint him.
Very early when the sun had risen,
on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb.
They were saying to one another,
“Who will roll back the stone for us
from the entrance to the tomb?”
When they looked up,
they saw that the stone had been rolled back;
it was very large.
On entering the tomb they saw a young man
sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe,
and they were utterly amazed.
He said to them, “Do not be amazed!
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.”

John 20:2-9

So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom 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 went 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 after him,
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.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.

Below is a reconstruction of what happened from the book, The Truth About the Shroud of Turin (Regnery, 2010), pp. 189-191, by my friend Robert K. Wilcox. No matter how many times I read this, it never fails to move me to tears.

The tomb, a rocky chamber carved out of a hillside, a stone rolled against the door, is dark and silent. Lying on a slab is a long, rectangular cocoon, the hills and valleys of which are clearly the contours of a human body. The body of Jesus lies there, face up, a ribbon around the head and chin to keep the mouth closed, packed on all sides with bags of spices.
At some unknown moment in the dead of night, the air in the tomb becomes electric.
At first the vibrations are minute, the sort that could be detected by sensitive twentieth-century instruments; then they dramatically increase until they shake the ground and blow the boulder from the door.
A glow, faint at first, emanating from the shroud suddenly intensifies until rays of light shoot through the threads, star-filled golden rays filling the tomb and pouring out the door.
For thirty seconds — no more — the blinding, pulsating movement continues.
The source of the activity is the corpse, the body, somehow being revitalized, dematerialized, its mass being converted into energy, pure energy, which in the material world is radiant white light.
The body rises from the slab through the cloth, hovers for a moment in midair, then disappears.
The cocoon collapses. Darkness returns. Shouts of “Earthquake! Earthquake!” diminish as the guards run for their lives. And in the air, the distinct odor of scorched linen.
When dawn comes, the women in Jesus’ life draw tentatively toward the tomb, look in the opening, and see the shroud unopened, still wrapped, but definitely deflated. The body is gone. At sunrise the disciples come. John enters the tomb, puts his hand on the cloth, and presses it to the slab. Jesus is there no longer. The disciples and the women quickly gather up the burial garments — the chin band is still in the shroud — and the spice bags and leave before the Romans can return.
At another time, in another place, when they have a chance to gather their wits, they will discover the figure of their master imprinted on the inside of the shroud. The images would be faint, probably not as dark as the passage of time and exposure to air have made them; and the images would be negative ones, a phenomenon that would also become clearer with the passage of time. Regardless, they would view these images as holy — imprints of their precious Lord. The disciples would pay more attention to the images on the shroud if they weren’t already waiting, with the greatest anticipation, for Jesus himself, who, before his death, had promised to visit them after he rose from the dead.

Our Lord is Risen!

Colossians 3:1-4

Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

A Joyous Easter to all!

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2 years ago

Reblogged this on Cinderella's Broom.

2 years ago

It always amazes me how patient Jesus was with His disciples. They never (during his time with them) fully understood a thing He was saying!
GOD bless him!
“Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

2 years ago

Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.
The Empty Tomb – Our Lord Has Risen.

2 years ago

Why make stuff up? Steve Clint to the facts TD as recorded.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Probably responded to the wrong post….

2 years ago

He is risen. He is risen, indeed!

Dave L
Dave L
2 years ago

It is important to get the Bible right – not wrong. In Matthew 28:2 we learn the stone was not blown away, nor was it removed so Christ could freely walk out as Matthew Henry thought. That idea would have meant Mary and the others with her, would have saw Him walk out! Here’s the verse: And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. Had the angel not rolled away the stone the assumption would have remained, He was still in… Read more »

Jackie Puppet
2 years ago

Happy Easter to everybody!

2 years ago

Amen! He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

Stephen T. McCarthy
Stephen T. McCarthy
2 years ago

HiYa, FOTM Peoples!
I wanted to take a couple minutes to pop on over to wish a HAPPY ‘HE IS RISEN’ DAY to all y’all here at FOTM. I know that for the vast majority of us who regularly visit this site, Easter Sunday is very significant. It’s not just another Sunday to most of us here.
Hopefully this music video link (below) is going to post correctly. If not, maybe you could give me an assist, Dr. E?
~ D-FensDogG
STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’

2 years ago

It worked for me.
Happy Easter all!

2 years ago
Reply to  DCG

Happy Easter! 🙂

2 years ago

I’ve never heard a song like that before!
To God be the glory!

Stephen T. McCarthy
Stephen T. McCarthy
2 years ago
Reply to  MomOfIV

MomOfIV ~ Ha!-Ha! I’m not sure if that means you liked it or… not. :^D But either way, I wish you a Happy Easter. (I don’t think we’ve ever interacted before, but I’ve been impressed by many of your comments which I’ve come across here at FOTM.) ‘LIVING WATER (The Surfer’s Mass)’ is highly unusual. I’ve always described it as sounding something like “The Beach Boys Singing About Jesus”. It’s one of my very favorite Gospel albums in my collection. (But then, I grew up in “Dogtown” — Santa Monica / Venice — and sand, surf, sun, and the harmonies… Read more »

2 years ago

Thank you Stephen for your kind words.
Yes, it definitely reminds me of the Beach Boys singing gospel.
The song took me to a place I’ve never been before: surf and gospel.
I love music and I thank you for introducing me to a new genre of music.
My philosophy is, if it glorifies the Lord, I’m open to it.
God’s blessings to you.

2 years ago

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was a NUCLEAR EVENT and it really happened: The Holy Shroud of Turin is authentic. Up to some 500 people testified they saw the Risen Christ in the five weeks following His Crucifixion. All but one of His Apostles went on to martyrdom in the years that followed: They chose DEATH rather than deny their Master. All of these things check out and stand up to the most minute and needling scrutiny! The passage of 1,985 years—which does not yet total 750,000 days—does nothing to erase these facts. (As a matter of fact, physical things… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  stevenbroiles

Steven . . . . I am bought to tears at reading . . . “The Victory is certain; The date and time are known but to God.” If we can just remember that and hold fast to that thought, no matter what trials beset us, we will be victorious.

2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

That’s my problem—I forget about this every single day….


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2 years ago

@stevenbroiles. We all do. And in this late hour we must remember, we must inscribe it in our hearts.
He is risen, Amen.

2 years ago

Wishing you all a blessed day, and praying that we righteously end the abuse and suffering of so many precious children all over the world.

2 years ago

No matter how you look at it …. The THIRD Temple has already BEEN “built” JOHN 2:20 King James Bible “Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?” Mathew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; The Second (third?)Temple veil was DESTROYED as Jesus died, the LAMB of GOD sacrificed on the Cross, and the THIRD TEMPLE was “reared up” on the THIRD DAY, Easter Sunday.… Read more »

richard from willow springs

google the parable of The Folded Napkin. will make a good sermon in any church.