John 20:1-8 (Revised for Easter 2016)
Jesus’ Corpse Went Missing
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
John 20:1 (Holman) On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came
to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw that the
stone had been removed from the tomb.
Magdala, a small town by the Sea of Galilee, was famous for fishing, boat building, wealth, and depravity. This latter trait had a devastating effect on its most famous citizen. Mary sided with the wrong crowd, began a downward slide, and eventually became possessed by seven demons.
Her life became a continuous tragedy, but one day a man looked into her soul, and cast seven demons out of her (Luke 18:2). She devoted the rest of her life to Him. She followed Jesus in His travels, ministering to Him out of her own substance (Matthew 27:55-56). She endured the agony of seeing her Benefactor be tried as a criminal and sentenced to death.
It was brave to show continual love to a crucified man. This is what Mary did. She had to be near Jesus. Her life had become nothing more or less than a pure spiritual romance of devoted love to Jesus. All the disciples except John fled in terror, but she stood by the cross, and followed Joseph and Nicodemus to see where Jesus was buried (John 19:25; Mark 15:47).
On Saturday, she “remembered the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.” But as Sunday dawned, she took the firs