Blog Title: Testifiers to the Tomb
About Us: This past Sunday our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead just as he promised. We witnessed his empty tomb and wish to share our experiences with the world and proclaim that He is risen!
Mary the mother of James
Intended Audience: Those searching for eye-witness accounts of the Lord’s empty tomb.
by Mary Magdalene
It was early in the morning, just after sunrise, when I met Joanna and Mary to visit Jesus’ tomb. We had prepared spices and planned to anoint his body when we arrived. Silence hovered heavy in the air around us as we walked. Even nature was quiet and still, as if it too was in mourning.
“How will we roll the stone out of the way?” Mary finally broke the silent spell.
“We’ll…” Joanna suddenly stopped and stared straight ahead. Mary and I turned to look as well and discovered what had made her speechless.
There before us was the tomb with the stone already rolled away. My skin tingled. The air pulsed with buzzing energy. I swallowed hard as fear and excitement warred within me.
For the longest time, or maybe it was just a few seconds, I’m not sure; time ceased to matter. The three of us stood in awe, unsure whether to enter the tomb or not.
Cautiously I took a step forward. My companions followed. Carefully we crept into the tomb, curious but vigilant. Once inside, we collectively held our breath. Before us stood two angels in gleaming white. Immediately we fell prostrate before them.
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ (Luke 24:5-8 NIV)
I felt ashamed for forgetting my teacher’s words. Here before me was proof that he had risen from the dead –a tomb empty except for mere strips of linen and the cloth that had been wrapped around his head.
Of course the other women and I rushed to share our discovery with the others, but they originally didn’t believe us. Actually, they dismissed our words as woman’s ‘nonsense’. I forgave them because the news was unbelievable and because after they saw the tomb for themselves, they had to eat those words!
I based Mary’s account mostly on Luke, but with some influence from Mark.