Resurrection from the Gospel According to John 20:1-10
Paintings by He Qi
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.
So 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.”
Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.
Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.
Then they walked home… back to the comfortable and known. Maybe letting what they had just seen sink in… deeper and deeper. Maybe pondering what it all meant and what it meant for their future. Maybe wondering whether it was real or whether their eyes had played tricks on them. But they had both seen it, right? And Mary had seen it, too… twice, even. They had seen and had begun to believe.
What did the beloved disciple actually believe? That everything happened just as Jesus had said? That death on a cross could lead to glorification? That the God of the impossible could turn their sadness into joy? That Jesus really was the incarnate Son of God, the very presence of God in the world? Did the beloved disciple begin to believe that he and the others would truly be sent into the world as Jesus had been sent into the world by God? Did he begin to believe that Jesus was indeed the Messiah? They had seen and begun to believe… and maybe even to understand.
It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. – Isaiah 25:9