“Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.”
– John 20:8
Jesus had risen and was no longer in the tomb! Our Lord is the One who willingly gave up His Spirit to the Father. Jesus said, “I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself” (John 10:17). On the night He was crucified the soldiers went to break His legs to intensify the pain and accelerate His death. They found that He had already “given up the ghost!”
The women that went to properly bury the Lord, and His disciples, were already discouraged by His death. They did not recall His Words of comfort to mind. And when they ran to the tomb, they did not see the Lord’s body. This left them almost hopeless. For the promise of Christ setting up His new Kingdom, they left everything to follow Him. Now, as they saw it, their dreams were shattered.
Although the disciples did not remember Jesus’ words, His enemies certainly did. The Bible tells us, “On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, ‘Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, after three days I will rise’” (Matthew 27:62-66). They may not have believed it, but they certainly knew it.
Satan, our enemy, knows God’s Word. Many times he knows it better than we do. Often he twists it and misquotes it to send our minds away from the truth. And, he can come in at our most vulnerable moments.
The “disciple that Jesus loved” came to the tomb first. When he went in to look for Jesus, he did not see the Lord’s body there, and he believed! The dawn of hope began for the disciples when they started looking for Him. When they looked for Him, the Words of Christ came back to them. And, when the Word came back to them, Jesus began to come into view once again. What significant steps for us to take when circumstances in our lives are eclipsed by experiences that bring doubts. As we search for the Lord and remember, He will reveal Himself to us. Then we will not forget the day of His resurrection!
“…the glorious truth of the resurrection was not understood immediately by even His closest followers. It gradually dawned on these grieving people that their Master was not dead, but alive! And what a difference it made when the full realization of His resurrection took hold of them!”
– A.W. Tozer