When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
I can only imagine what must have been going through the minds of the disciples over the past few days, especially Peter. The thoughts of the past three years coming to mind and the questions of what to do now.
The thoughts of Peter’s first encounter with Jesus. Along the shores of the Sea of Galilee the conversation that ended in follow me, no longer will you fish for fish, but for men.
The thoughts of the miracles, the feeding of the 5000, the healing of Peter’s own mother, and who could forget Lazarus, who no doubt was in the room with them along with several others.
The thoughts of Jesus’ teachings, which were taught with so much more authority than the leading priests in the Temple. Love your neighbors, even the ones you hate, what you give is more important than the manner in which you give it. You have heard it said that you should not commit adultery, but I tell you that a man who looks at a woman with lustful thoughts has already committed adultery with her.
The thoughts of the last meal, Jesus washing their feet, the announcement that one of them would betray him, the new way of thinking about the bread and wine. Peter’s mind slipping to the words he had said. For Jesus to wash all of him and Jesus’ reply that those who bathe their whole bodies only need to wash their feet. The words that Peter would stand by Jesus to the death only to be told that he would in fact deny Christ three times that very evening.
The thoughts of denial. The feeling that the last time you saw your Rabbi was over your shoulders as you ran in the other directions. the thoughts of failure as you saw whom you knew to be the Messiah hanging on what was known as a brutal way of dying.
Then comes the news that Jesus’ body is gone and that he is alive and that the instructions were to tell the disciples and Peter that he would meet them in Galilee.
The thought of confusion turns to panic, Rome’s going to think we did it and come after us.
Peter and John take off in what must have seemed like the race of a century. John somehow beats Peter there
They found the tomb exactly as it was found. Empty. in fact their was a man who looked not of this world, told them that Jesus was indeed alive.
The thoughts that The women were right, maybe he is indeed alive
Then the reports start coming in from the country side that Jesus appeared to two men as they walked along the road to Jericho.
Peter all the while wondering why he was singled out. He was clearly the leader of the group, but at that time he must have not felt worthy of the position.
Thoughts that the man said to go home. Go back to Galilee. The Rabbi will meet you there.