Today's verses are John 20:1-3: "Now on the first day of the week Mary Magadalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away 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 takene the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him. So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb." My child, it was now the first day of the week, Sunday morning. For the Jews, Saturday had always been the day of worshiping the Lord. Since my resurrection, my followers have set aside Sunday as the day to worship. The change was in honor of my resurrection.
Think about this fact: for centuries, faithful Jews honored my Father by worshiping him on Saturday. Yet in one moment, faithful Jews changed the day of worship to Sunday. Plus, they worship ME on this new worship day. To change the day of worship was significant for them. To start worshiping me was even more significant! Why? Because they had seen me resurrected. The resurrection proved to them that I am God and worthy of all worship.
Mary Magdalene, whose life I had deeply altered with my grace, had left before dawn to go to my tomb and complete the burial preparations. This had to be left undone because of the beginning of the Sabbath at 6 p.m. on Friday. As you read the other gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark and Luke), you will notice that the other women are with her. In fact, as you read all four eyewitness accounts, you can have the most complete view of what actually happened.
Mary and the other women couldn't find my body. She ran and found Simon Peter and John, the writer of this gospel and the one whom I loved. She concluded that the Jewish or Roman authorities had taken my body away. She said she had no idea where they had laid my body
So Peter and John started running toward the tomb. They didn't know what to make of Mary's information. Several times, during my earthly teaching to them, I had told them that I must go to Jerusalem and be crucified and then on the third day be raised from the dead. As they ran, did they begin to understand? As they ran, did the pieces start to come together?
My child, the resurrection is essential for you to believe in me. It is the proof I am who I said I am. It proves that your sins are forever forgiven. If I'm not God, I must remain in the tomb, another human being who dies, as all do! But if I'm God, I must be raised from the dead. I must overcome the power of death. As someone once jokingly said, "You can't keep a good God down."
I am forever alive! Your sins are forever forgiven! Because I live forever, if you believe in me, you too will live forever! And, especially, if all this is true...
You can trust me today.