In this passage from the book of John, we find the first eyewitness of Jesus’ resurrection: Mary Magdalene. Mary visits Jesus’ tomb and finds the stone rolled away. Her initial reaction to His resurrection isn’t to believe He has risen, but rather, she’s skeptical and thinks His body was taken somewhere by someone. She rushes off to tell the disciples. When the disciples come upon the tomb they see Jesus’ burial clothes but His body gone. Peter saw the evidence, but didn’t yet respond with faith. Instead, he went home to think. John saw the evidence and, without seeing Jesus in person, he believed – though he didn’t understand until later. After the disciples left, Mary came face-to-face with Jesus; then she believed He was resurrected. A question to ask ourselves: How do we respond to Jesus life, death and resurrection? It is the most significant question any of us will ever answer.

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