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THE EMPTY TOMB JOHN 20:1-18
Introduction Think about this. Ann is lying on the floor dead. There is broken glass and water all around her. Stuart is asleep on the sofa and is oblivious to the death. How did Ann die?
Well Ann is a fish and Stuart is a cat. The glass and water all around Ann on the floor is the fishbowl. Stuart successfully knocked it over.
On Friday night, a man dies. He is buried the same night. On Sunday, some friends arrive at the tomb to pay their respect. But the tomb is empty. What happened?
The Scene At least 5 women approach the tomb to properly prepare the body of Jesus for burial. They are wondering about the huge stone at the entrance – Mark 16:3 When they arrive, the find the soldiers asleep – Matt.28:4
An angel has rolled the stone away – Matt.28:2 But the body is gone. Angels announce that Jesus is risen. They run and tell the disciples. But none of it made sense. Two disciples, John and Peter and Mary Magdalene go to the tomb themselves.
They wanted to decide for themselves why the tomb was empty and what it meant. We all agree that the tomb was empty. But what is your response to that? How does it affect your life? Three different people came and each one responded differently.
1. JOHN THE BELIEVER The first to arrive at the tomb was John – v.3-5 John heard the news. He jumped and ran to the tomb. He wanted to believe. He loved Jesus.
He was the most faithful. He was there at the courtyard. He was there at the cross. He was willing to take Jesus’ mother into his house. But when he got to the tomb, he did not enter. Maybe he was breathless.
What if it was a Roman trap? What if the women were wrong? Then Peter arrives and he enters. John follows Peter. They both see the evidence. But each responded differently - (v.8-9) John saw and believed.
The empty tomb was enough evidence for him. He did not need to see Jesus to know that He was alive. He had heard the Jesus’ prophecies about His death and resurrection. It was enough.
Some of us are like John. We believe there is an empty tomb and also the testimony of Christians to the fact that Jesus is alive. We do not need to see to believe. This is what Jesus said – John 20:29 John reacted to the empty tomb with belief.
2. PETER, THE SKEPTIC Peter was a litter slower than John to arrive at the tomb. Maybe because he was older. Peter wanted to see Jesus. The last time Peter saw Jesus was when he denied Him.
He knew he would be confronted with his sin and guilt. Peter was feeling the pain of his past. He wanted Jesus alive, but did not know how he was going to face Him. Some of us are like that.
We want to believe but there is too much pain. We forget that Jesus can forgive and He can heal. Peter went into the tomb. He saw the evidence – the linen and the cloth.
He knew something had happened. But not enough to prove that Jesus was alive. Luke says that Peter was “wondering to himself as what had happened” – Luke 24:12 He needed more evidence.. In v.10, we read he left.
He left without even coming to a conclusion. If he had waited a little longer, he would have experienced a miracle. Today many people do not have enough evidence to place their faith in Jesus. The do not hang around long enough.
They do not read God’s Word enough. They do not spend enough time in prayer. They walk out before they see the miracle happening. Peter walked out of the empty tomb with a broken heart.
3.MARY, THE BROKEN - HEARTED Peter and John left. But Mary stayed. (v.11-13) Mary Magdalene came to tomb when “it was still dark”. It also describes the condition of their heart. Mary was depressed.
She had lost someone she valued. Jesus meant a lot to her: a. Release – when she met Jesus she was enslaved by 7 demons. Jesus released her and she found peace. b. Forgiveness – Jesus had forgiven of all her actions and released her from her sin.
c. Leadership –She was lost without Jesus. He had given meaning to her life. She though all was gone and so she wept. But a miracle happened.
“I have seen the Lord -”v Mary wanted to see Jesus more than anyone else. She got her desire.
CONCLUSION All three saw the same tomb. But each had their own different reactions. Many are like John – they see and believe. Jesus calls them “Blessed”.
Some are like Peter – they see but do not know what to believe. They also do not understand why people come to church every Sunday. They do not wait long enough to see a miracle.
Some are like Mary. They wait to have their questions answered and see their faith grow. The witness the power of transformation. What is your response?